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 --- Jeremiah Sullivan Townhouse

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Jeremiah Sullivan Townhouse - 1818

An elegant and convenient colonial townhouse
$63 - 11 Sheets measuring 18" x 24"
Ext. Dimensions, 30' x 75'
2+ Stories, 3+ Bedrooms, 2+ baths
Built in 1818, Madison, Indiana
Drawings prepared by HABS in 1934


Jeremiah Sullivan Townhouse - 1818

Jeremiah Sullivan, 26 and just married, built himself this fine, upstanding example of a colonial style townhouse in Madison, Indiana. A native of Virginia, he moved there with his bride, Charlotte, and soon became a central figure in Indiana politics. As a member of the Legislature he proposed the name "Indianapolis" for the capitol. Eventually he sat on the Indiana supreme court. Father of 11 children, his family remained involved in Indiana politics for several generations.

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 townhouse design offers a spacious and elegant plan suited for a narrow lot. The main floor consists of a suite of social spaces with the kitchen at the rear, opening onto a large porch. The upper floor could easily be arranged to accomodate 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, with a possible fourth bedroom in the attic. This set of drawings include many finely drawn details, such as the arched entry door with sidelights, mantelpieces, cornices and other mouldings.

  • Building name:      Jeremiah Sullivan Townhouse

  • Designer/Architect:      Unknown

  • Date of construction:      1818

  • Location:      Madison, Indiana

  • Style:      Colonial

  • Number of sheets:      11 sheets measuring 18" x 24"
Sheet List
  • Cover Sheet with vicinity plan

  • 2 Sheets of floor plans, 1/8" = 1'-0"

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

  • 5 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 1934 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. (CO009)

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