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 Harris Cottage

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John Harris Cottage - 1835

A archetypal colonial cottage design, built in wood
$41 - 4 Sheets measuring 18" x 24"
Ext. Dimensions, 25' x 35'
1+ Stories, 3+ Bedrooms, 2+ baths
Built in 1835, Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Drawings prepared by HABS in 1935


John Harris Cottage - 1835

John Harris, an immigrant from Cornwall, who first settled in New England and later moved west to Wisconsin, brought the refinement of the Colonial architecture to this still sparsely populated state. The cottage he built at Mineral Point exemplifies well proportioned simplicity and refined details.

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, this elegantly simple design offers tradition and flexibility. The plans could be adapted a number of ways. Ideally suited to a sloping site, the bedrooms would be on the lower level.

  • Building name:      John Harris Cottage

  • Designer/Architect:      John Harris

  • Date of construction:      1835

  • Location:      Mineral Point, Wisconsin

  • Style:      Colonial

  • Number of sheets:      4 sheets measuring 18" x 24"
Sheet List
  • Cover Sheet with vicinity plan

  • 1 Sheet of floor plans, 1/4" = 1'-0"

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

  • 1 Sheet of 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 1935 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. (CO008)

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