Victorian Foursquare house plans, traditional porches, bay window

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Governor's House at Sailors' Snug Harbor - late 1800s

  • Building name: Governor's House at Sailors' Snug Harbor
  • Designer/Architect: Unknown
  • Date of construction:      late 1800s
  • Location: Staten Island, New York
  • Style: Victorian Eclectic Style Home
  • Number of sheets: 6 sheets measuring 24" x 36"

Sheet List

  • First Floor Plan, 1/4"=1'-0"
  • Second Floor Plan, 1/4"=1'-0"
  • Section, 1/4"=1'-0"
  • 3 Sheets of Elevations, 1/4"=1'-0"

The prints you are purchasing are crisp, high resolution black line copies on #20 white bond paper. Any photos shown in the description are informational only and are NOT included in your purchase.

The history of Sailors' Snug Harbor extends back to 1801 when New York tycoon Captain Robert Richard Randall built the first institution to care for "aged, decrepit and worn-out" sailors. Over the course of the century the institution grew to include 26 jewels of Victorian design in a variety of styles. The Governor's House is a fine example, in brick of typical Victorian eclectic design, melding elements Italianate and Queen Anne styles.

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. The house adopts the traditional 4-square plan, a central hall running down the middle with 2 rooms on either side. Spaces are generously proportioned. The stairs provide a strong focal point to the entry, and a bay window accents one of the reception rooms. It would be a simple matter to arrange a bedroom and bath on the first floor. The second floor easily accommodates 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, while the tall attic provides yet more, flexible space. A large family could inhabit this house with room to spare. The original house is built over a full basement but could be adapted to a crawlspace However the simple plan of this house would also work well on a flat site with a crawlspace. This house would be comfortable in a suburban or country setting. The house has outside dimensions of approximately 43' x 50', including the front porch.

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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, public domain drawings were prepared by the Historical American Building Survey and rest in the Library of Congress. (VI007)