If you are reading this, then like me, you probably love old homes. I started this store, and I'm starting this new blog, so that I can share that love with you all. Here you will find a growing collection of detailed, measured drawings of beautiful old homes that encompass the entire range of American styles.
Historic American Homes
From the Colonial era...
To Mid-Century Modern...
And everything in between!
Detailed house plans in a range of styles
Although I've just shared with you lovely photos in different styles, I should mention that the focus of my store is not on photos, but on highly detailed and accurate drawings of these homes, of which there are a few examples below.
This is the drawing for the cupola of the home in the photo above.
Why drawings? Because, as the architect Mies van der Rohe said, "God is in the details." It's in the little things, the proportion of a window, the height of a ceiling, the profile of a window casing, that we find the essence of these styles. What makes a Carpenter Gothic home different than a Colonial style home? It's in the details. And these detailed drawings, the best in the vast collection of the Historic American Building Survey, capture those differences.
Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House
If your purpose is to restore an old home and you want to learn more about the style, this is the place for you. If your goal is to build a new home that reflects a historical style, again this is the place for you.
The Calef House, a classic southern style home.
And if you simply love a well crafted set of architectural house plans, this is definitely the place for you!
The Calef house with its broad and welcoming porch
So, come on by and join the fun. Feel free to browse. And if you can't resist, go home with some beautiful house plans!