Babson Residence, a Prairie Style Home - 1914

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Babson Residence, Riverside, Illinois - 1915

  • Building name: Babson Residence
  • Designer/Architect: Purceell & Elmslie
  • Date of construction: 1915
  • Location: Riverside, IL
  • Style: Prairie Style Home
  • Number of sheets: 7 sheets measuring 18"x24"

Sheet List - 7 sheets measuring 18" x 24"

  • Cover sheet, Information, Site Plan, Notes
  • First Floor Plan (south half), 1/8" = 1'-0"
  • First Floor Plan (north half), 1/8= 1'-0"
  • Elevations, 1/8= 1'-0"
  • Elevation and Sections, 1/8= 1'-0"
  • Detail Sheet, various scales
  • Detailed Elevation, 3/8" = 1'-0"

The Prairie Style, that truly American form of architecture, has its roots in the Midwestern plains, especially the state of Illinois. Purcell and Elmslie, the designers of the Babson Residence had the most prolific and successful architectural practice of the time, even surpassing Frank Lloyd Wright in shear number of buildings actually built. This house, actually 2 houses now, has had a complicated history. It began life as the servants' quarters and stable for a larger mansion, which was later torn down. Then this structure was remodeled into 2 separate houses that share a courtyard. As an ensemble they make a beautiful arrangement. But each house is essentially independent and it would be perfectly possible to build just half the ensemble and still have a lovely house of several bedrooms, bathrooms, a large kitchen and several social spaces.

The prints you are purchasing are crisp, high resolution black line copies on white bond paper. Any photos shown in the description are informational only and are NOT included in your purchase. The original, public domain drawings were prepared by the Historical American Building Survey and rest in the Library of Congress.

SHIPPING: Your drawings are shipped to you, rolled, not folded, in a Priority Mail tube. This listing includes architectural prints ONLY. Any photos shown in the description are for information only and are NOT included in your purchase. For information about the photos please send me a message. Thanks.

IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO BUILD: These plans are not complete architectural drawings as might be required by your local permitting agency and do not contain all the structural, waterproofing and other details and information necessary for construction. But your local builder or architect should be able to adapt these drawings and add to them as necessary. What they do provide is accurate design information about a REAL historic house, not a pseudo-historic tract house as you will find in the house plan magazines on your supermarket shelf.

INTERNATIONAL BUYERS PLEASE NOTE: Orders shipped to addresses outside the USA may be subject to customs duties at their destination. The buyer is responsible for any such duties.

The original drawings from which these dimensionally accurate scans were made are kept at the Historic American Building Survey, in the Library of Congress. (PR001)