Colonial homes come in many strands and variations. "Colonial house" may be used broadly to encompass homes built from the earliest European settlements until well after Independence. On one end of the spectrum are the rustic cabins with their informal colonial house plans, that grew up over time to become rambling, comfortable farmsteads. On the other end are the grand brick Colonial home plans such as Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest. Whether colonial homes are built of white pine from the Northeast, or warm brick further south, Colonial house plans share simple geometries, axial arrangements of rooms, and essentially classical details. A few samples, representing the range of colonial house plans may be found here.
Historic Home Plans --- Colonial Homes --- The John Dinsmore House

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The John Dinsmore House - 18th century

A wood frame Colonial Williamsburg country home
$44 - 5 Sheets measuring 18 " x 24 "
Ext. Dimensions apx. 29.5' x 50'
2+ Stories, 4 Bedrooms, 2+ baths
Built in the 1820s, Charlottesville, Virginia
Drawings prepared by HABS in 1976


The John Dinsmore House - 1820s

This Virginia townhome was probably built by James Dinsmore, master craftsman to Thomas Jefferson, and demonstrates Jefferson's inspired Palladian approach to the brick materials of the region.

Reminiscent of the style of Monticello, this house consists of 2 principal floors over a basement, as well as rooms in the attic.

As a document of our unique American architectural heritage these drawings stand on their own. The plans themselves could easily be adapted to the design of a new townhouse, comprising up to 4 bedrooms (including the attic), over a first floor suite of Living Room, Dining Room and Kitchen.

  • Building name:      Dinsmore House

  • Designer/Architect:      James Dinsmore, Master Craftsman to Thomas Jefferson

  • Date of construction:      1820s

  • Location:      Charlottesville, VA

  • Style:      Colonial/Federal

  • Number of sheets:      5 sheets measuring 18"x24"
Sheet List
  • Cover sheet, information, site plan, 1/8"=1'-0"

  • First Floor Plan, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • Second Floor Plan, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • South (Front) Elevation, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • Building Section, 1/4"=1'-0"

The prints you are purchasing are crisp, high resolution black line copies on white bond paper. The original drawings were beautifully delineated in 1983, by the Historic American Building Survey.

Please view my other plans for more plans from Williamsburg, Virginia 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 Colonial building, not a pseudo-colonial tract house as you will find in the house plan magazines on your supermarket shelf. (CO001)

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