Forks of Cypress - Antebellum house plans

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Forks of Cypress Plantation - 1830

  • Building name: Forks of Cypress Plantation
  • Designer/Architect:      William Nichols
  • Date of construction: 1830
  • Location: Florence, AL (vicinity)
  • Style: Southern Style Plantation Home
  • Number of sheets: 25 sheets measuring 18"x24"

Sheet List - 25 sheets measuring 18" x 24"

    • Cover sheet, Vicinity Map
    • Plot Plan
    • 6 sheets of Floor Plans, 3/16" = 1'-0" and 1/8"=1'-0"
    • 5 sheets of Elevations, 3/16" = 1'-0" and 1/8"=1'-0"
    • 11 sheets of Details, various scale
    • 1 sheet of Sections, 1/8"=1'-0"

    At the confluence of the Big Cypress and Little Cypress creeks, near Florence, Alabama, stand 36 brick columns, all that is left of the magnificent Forks of Cypress Plantation. James Jackson, an Irish immigrant who came to the USA and made good, built this magnificent mansion in 1830, as the center of his plantation. He died a decade later but his wife Sarah continued to manage the estate up until the Civil War. Author Alex Haley's slave ancestors once worked on this estate and Union forces used the property as a base camp. Forks of Cypress stands in the heart of its time and place, a perfect image of its most gracious and saddest qualities.

    Passing through various owners after the war, it slowly fell into disrepair. Then in the mid-20th century it was miraculously restored to its former beauty, only to be struck by lightning in 1966. It burned to the ground. All that stands today are its brick columns, like soldiers standing guard at an honored grave.

    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 eBay listing includes architectural prints ONLY. Any photos shown in the description are for information only and are NOT included in your purchase. 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. (AN012)