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 Jefferies-Bruce House

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The Jefferies-Bruce House - ca. 1838

Historic colonial Rhode Island home
$53 - 8 Sheets measuring 18 " x 24 "
Ext. Dimensions apx. 32' x 41'
2 Stories, 4+ Bedrooms, 2+ baths
Built 1838, Scottsville, Virginia
Drawings prepared by HABS in 1990


The Jefferies-Bruce House - ca. 1838

Perched on a rise overlooking the James River, the Jefferies-Bruce house exemplifies the fine residences built for the businessmen and professionals of Scottsville, Virginia. Its classic Palladian proportions and orderly floor plan focused around a central hall give this house a unique grace and formality. The main reception rooms are built up over a high basement, raised to take full advantage of the surrounding views.

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 at a time when kitchen and bathrooms were in outbuildings, those elements would need to be incorporate. The main level, the second floor, offers plenty of room for an eat-in kitchen, as well as a Dining Room and large Living Room. The ground level offers plenty of room for 4 bedrooms and 1-2 baths. An additional bedroom/bath suite could be fit into the attic. 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. Including porches, the main house has outside dimensions of approximately 41�x32�.

  • Building name:      Jefferies-Bruce House

  • Designer/Architect:      Unknown

  • Date of construction:      circa 1838

  • Location:      Scottsville, Virginia

  • Style:      Colonial, Palladian

  • Number of sheets:      8 sheets measuring 18" x 24"
Sheet List
  • Cover sheet, information, Site Plan

  • First Floor Plan, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • Second Floor Plan, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • Attic Plan, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • Front Elevation, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • Side Elevation, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • Section, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • Entry Details

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. This set includes a site plan, 3 floor plans, 2 elevations, a section and Entry Door details. The original drawings rest in the Library of Congress.

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. (CO005)

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