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 Peak House

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The Peak House - 1677

An early Colonial timber framed cottage
$37 - 3 Sheets measuring 18" x 24"
Ext. Dimensions, 15' x 25'
1+ Stories, 1 Bedroom, 1 bath
Built in 1677, Medfield, Massachusetts
Drawings prepared by HABS in 1934


The Peak House - 1677

The Peak House had a turbulent early life, like the country in which it was born. Built in 1651 by Benjamin Clark, it burned down in 1676, during the "King Philip's War". Seth Clark, the owner at the time, rebuilt it exactly as it was before. It remains, to this day, one of the most perfectly preserved examples of early colonial architecture, still retaining its Gothic and Elizabethan influences. It is now owned by the Medfield Historical Society owns it, which opens it to the public.

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 delightful and quaint cottage has all that is needed, a sitting room and kitchenette on the ground floor, a bedroom and bath under the steeply sloped roof, and an atmosphere of nostalgia and natural beauty.

  • Building name:     The Peak House

  • Designer/Architect:      Seth Clark

  • Date of construction:      1677

  • Location:      Medfield, Massachusetts

  • Style:      Colonial

  • Number of sheets:      3 sheets measuring 18" x 24"
Sheet List
  • Cover Sheet with vicinity plan

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

  • 1 Sheet of timber frame and brick 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. (CO012)

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