The English-Oliver House, Romanesque Style Mansion - 1871
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- Building name: English-Oliver Mansion
- Designer/Architect: Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge
- Date of construction: built 1871, extensively remodeled 1892
- Location: Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
- Style: Victorian, Romanesque
- Number of sheets: 9 sheets measuring 18”x24”
- First Floor Plan, 1/8”=1’-0”
- Second Floor Plan, 1/8”=1’-0”
- Attic Floor Plan, 1/8”=1’-0”
- Basement Floor Plan, 1/8”=1’-0”
- 3 Sheets of Elevations, 1/8”=1’-0”
- 2 Sheets of Sections, 1/8”=1’-0”
The English-Oliver House is an excellent example of the Victorian mansions built by the Pittsburg millionaires in the later 1800s. This house exhibits simplified Romanesque elements in its bold geometry and arched openings. But the decoration is very much in a classical manner. The stately floor plan consists of a central hall running down the middle of the house, with reception rooms flanking it on either side. Half way down the hall a grand staircase leads to the second floor, consisting of several bedroom suites. A back stair leads to servants’ rooms, kitchen and attic. The stone exterior powerfully expresses the grandeur of the plan.
The prints you are purchasing are crisp, high resolution black line copies on white bond paper. The original drawings were beautifully delineated in 1961. This extensive set of 9 drawing sheets includes 2 floor plans, attic and basement plans, 4 elevations and 2 building sections. The original drawings rest in the Library of Congress. Any photos shown in the description are informational only and are NOT included in your purchase.
As a work of art these prints are worth purchasing in their own right. For those of you interested in building a historically inspired house, these plans offer an excellent starting point. This is a house for a large family. Large social rooms occupy the ground floor, with a back wing devoted to the kitchen and a ground floor bedroom. Bedrooms occupy both the second and attic. Rooms are so numerous that it would make an ideal Bed and Breakfast Inn. This house is intended for a flat or moderately sloping lot. This house would be comfortable in a suburban or country setting. Including porches, this house has outside dimensions of approximately 62’x118’.
SHIPPING: Your drawings are shipped to you, rolled, not folded, in a Priority Mail tube. The pictures show typical sheets with borders. Each sheet has a similar border with title. If you have any questions about these drawings or others that I am offering, please contact me. I will do my utmost to answer your questions.
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.
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