Victorian Italianate house, tower, porches, architectural house plans

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Tower Grove House - 1868

  • Building name: Tower Grove Superintendent's House
  • Designer/Architect: Francis Tunica
  • Date of construction: 1868
  • Location: Saint Louis, Missouri
  • Style: Italianate Victorian Style Home
  • Number of sheets: 8 sheets measuring 24" x 36"

Sheet List

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

This listing is for prints on 20# bond paper. It is for architectural drawings only. Any photos shown in the description are informational only and not included in this package.

In the late 1840s, when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert decided to build themselves a country house, they found the perfect spot on the Isle of Wight and commissioned Thomas Cubitt to design and build a classic villa in the Italianate Style. This set off a huge fashion for the Italianate across the UK and the USA. Suddenly roof slopes were reduced, porches started spreading and square shaped towers sprouted everywhere. Few American examples capture the essence of the style so well as this delightful home, designed for the Tower Grove Park superintendent, by Francis Tunica.

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. Built over a full basement, the entrance is through a porch, into the tower. Three reception rooms grace the front of the house, while a rear wing accommodates the kitchen and could easily be arranged to contain a bedroom and bath. The spacious staircase leads to a second floor with 3 bedrooms, each large enough that some space could be stolen from them to accommodate 2 baths. The tower contains a stair that leads up an additional 2 levels. This house would be comfortable in a suburban or country setting. The house has outside dimensions of approximately 42' x 80', including porches.

Please visit my other listings for many other drawings I am offering. I have house plans in wide variety of styles including Colonial, Craftsman, and Prairie, as well as plans of architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Irving Gill, Purcell & Elmslie and others.

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. Thanks.

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.

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.

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