Graceful porticos, balconies to catch the breezes, these create the ambience of southern style homes. Fresh air, shade from the southern sun, this is the atmosphere of southern plantation homes. A culture of formality, grace and hospitality expressed itself through plantation home plans and exists to this day in their grand colonnades. Plantation homes fuse the axial formality of classical/Palladian models with colonnades and balconies to catch prevailing breezes, in harmony with the climate.
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Ashland Plantation - Belle Helene - 1850s

Grand colonnades wrap all 4 sides of this Southern Plantation mansion
$68 - 9 Sheets measuring 24" x 36"
Ext. Dimensions apx. 82' x 82'
2 Stories, 4 Bedrooms, 2 baths
Built in the 1850s, Ascension Parish, Louisiana
Drawings prepared by HABS in 1990

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Ashland Plantation - 1820s

Ashland, later known as Belle Helene, is one of the most pure examples of the Classical Revival movement. Surrounded on all 4 sides by identical colonnades of powerful square columns it has an almost overwhelming solidity and dignity. Nearly destroyed during the Civil War, Duncan Kenner, its owner and builder, restored it and the entire plantation to its earlier magnificence.

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 is skillfully designed for a southern climate. A central hall runs straight through from front to back on each floor. On either side are 3 rooms, each opening onto the surrounding colonnade. This arrangement provides for natural ventilation throughout the entire house. This house would be most suited for a flat or low sloping lot. It would be comfortable in a suburban or country setting. Including porches, this house has outside dimensions of approximately 82' x 82'.

  • Building name:      Ashland - Belle Helene

  • Designer/Architect:      Unknown

  • Date of construction:      1850s

  • Location:      Ascension Parish, Louisiana

  • Style:      Southern Style Plantation Home

  • Number of sheets:      9 sheets measuring 24" x 36"
Sheet List
  • Cover sheet, Notes

  • Site Plan

  • First Floor Plan, 3/16" = 1'-0"

  • Second Floor Plan, 3/16" = 1'-0"

  • Sections, 3/16" = 1'-0"

  • 2 Sheets, Elevations, 3/16" = 1'-0"

  • 2 Sheets, Details, various scales

The prints you are purchasing are crisp, high resolution black line copies on white bond paper. The original drawings were beautifully delineated in 1990, by the Historic American Building Survey.

Please view my other plans for more Southern Style home plans and for a large variety of house plans in many other styles as well.

SHIPPING: Your drawings are shipped to you, by US Postal Service, rolled, not folded, in a Priority Mail tube.

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 Southern Style building, not a pseudo-southern tract house as you will find in the house plan magazines on your supermarket shelf. (AN004)

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