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 --- Thomas Jefferson's University of Virginia, Hotel E

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University of Virginia, Hotel E - 1822

Thomas Jefferson's ground breaking design for the University of Virginia
$53 - 8 Sheets measuring 18 " x 24 "
Ext. Dimensions apx. 37' x 45'
2+ Stories, 3+ Bedrooms, 2+ baths
Built 1822, Charlottesville, Virginia
Drawings prepared by HABS in 1986


University of Virginia, Hotel E - 1822

In addition to the famous library at the University of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson designed the Academic Village, a cluster of pavilions, linked by arcades, that served as housing for students and teachers alike. As an ensemble it is one of the finest pieces of Palladian architecture in the world and inspired generations of traditional American buildings. Each pavilion on its own is a delightful essay in applying the elements of American colonial architecture to a modest sized dwelling. This particular pavilion is called Hotel E and is located in the southwestern corner of the village.

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 could easily be adapted to a moderately sloping sight. The compact, rectangular plan could provide a "walk-out" basement level with bedrooms.

  • Building name:      Hotel E, Univ. of Virginia

  • Designer/Architect:      Thomas Jefferson

  • Date of construction:      1822

  • Location:      Charlottesville, Virginia

  • Style:      Palladian

  • Number of sheets:      8 sheets measuring 18"x24"
Sheet List
  • Cover sheet, information, Site Plan

  • First Floor Plan, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • 3 Elevation Sheets, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • Section, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • 2 sheets of Interior and Exterior 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 1986. This extensive set of drawings includes beautiful interior details of doors, brick work and cornices. The original drawings were beautifully delineated in 1986, by the Historic American Building Survey.

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. (CO003)

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