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.
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The Israel Arnold House - 1695 & mid 1700s

Historic colonial Rhode Island home
$60 - 10 Sheets measuring 18 " x 24 "
Ext. Dimensions apx. 28' x 55'
2 Stories, 4+ Bedrooms, 2+ baths
Built 1695 & mid 1700s, Providence County, Rhode Island
Drawings prepared by HABS in 1961


The Israel Arnold House - 1695 & mid 1700s

In the year 1695 the Olney family built a gambrel roofed cottage in Lincoln Woods, Rhode Island. Just a single room on the ground floor and a single room in the attic, this little house served the family well. Just before the revolution the family expanded the cottage with a 2 story addition, the home we see today.

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 first floor offers the potential for a ground level bedroom suite, as well as Living Room, Dining Room and a Kitchen large enough to satisfy all modern needs. The second floor offers enough space to accommodate a Master Bedroom suite as well as 2 addition bedrooms and a bath. Please note that the drawings you are purchasing are of a REAL colonial house and do not contain modern conveniences such as indoor baths. But these plans are very suitable to adaptation to modern needs. Although ideal for a flat site, these plans would also work on a moderately sloping one. This house would be comfortable in a suburb or country setting. The main house has outside dimensions of approximately 28'x55'. The ground floor contains approximately 1080 square feet. The second floor covers a similar area except that the space over the kitchen has a low ceiling.

  • Building name:      Israel Arnold House

  • Designer/Architect:      Unknown

  • Date of construction:      1695 and later

  • Location:      Providence County, Rhode Island

  • Style:      Colonial

  • Number of sheets:      10 sheets measuring 18"x24"
Sheet List
  • Cover sheet, information, Site Plan

  • First Floor Plan, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • Second Floor Plan, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • 3 sheets of Elevations, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • 4 sheets of Sections and 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 1961. This extensive set includes a cover sheet with notes, 2 floor plans, 4 elevations, 2 sections and many details of authentic pre-revolutionary details such as fireplaces, windows, exterior and interior trim.

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. (CO004)

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