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 --- John Dickinson House

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John Dickinson House - 1740

A Classic colonial country estate, home of the patrio, John Dickinson
$47 - 5 Sheets measuring 24" x 36"
Ext. Dimensions, 100' x 26'
2+ Stories, 4+ Bedrooms, 2+ baths
Built in 1740, Kent County, Delaware
Drawings prepared by HABS in 1992


John Dickinson House - 1740

Built in 1740 by Samuel Dickinson, it remained the ancestral home of the Dickinsons for many generations thereafter. John Dickinson, a member of the Continental Congress and author of the celebrated "Farmer Letters" lived and farmed here.

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 tradition and flexibility. The plans could be adapted to accommodate 4 bedrooms and at least 2 bathrooms. On the other hand, parts of the plan could easily be adapted into smaller home designs.

  • Building name:      Dickinson Mansion

  • Designer/Architect:      Samuel Dickinson

  • Date of construction:      1740

  • Location:      Kent County, Delaware

  • Style:      Colonial, Palladian

  • Number of sheets:      5 sheets measuring 24" x 36"
Sheet List
  • 2 Sheets of floor plans, 1/4" = 1'-0"

  • 2 Sheets of elevations, 1/4" = 1'-0"

  • 1 Sheet of sections, 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 1992 by the Historic American Building Survey. 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. (CO007)

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