Since the style first appeared at the end of the 1800s, Craftsman Style house plans have remained a perennial favorite. The Craftsman home, warm, informal and inviting, adapts easily to every climate and setting. Gustav Stickley, the father of the Arts and Crafts movement in the USA popularized Craftsman house plans through his magazine, "The Craftsman." Virtually every natural material is welcome in the Craftsman house. Plans may ramble across the landscape, or rise in a cascade of Mission tile or wood shingle rooftops. Despite the variety, the Craftsman home is instantly recognizable.
Historic Home Plans --- Craftsman Homes --- Cedar Cottage

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Cedar Cottage - 1859 and later

A wood shingled Craftsman Style lodge
$47 - 6 Sheets measuring 18 " x 24 "
Ext. Dimensions apx. 43' x 76'
2 Stories, 6+ Bedrooms, 3+ baths
Built in 1859, Yosemite National Park, California
Drawings prepared by HABS, undated


Cedar Cottage - 1859

Yosemite Valley, one of America's beautiful National Parks, contains several lovely examples of Craftsman style buildings, mostly built as residences for Valley caretakers and guests. They are built in a rustic style, employing local materials and simple, rough hewn forms.

Construction started on the central portion of the Cedar Cottage, a wood framed, 2 story guest house, in 1859. Later it was extended with a "tree room" engulfing the base of a nearby Cedar tree. This unusual, rustic room has the tree growing right through its roof. A massive fireplace of granite matches the character of the rest of the room. Cedar Cottage itself consists of a ground floor dining room and kitchen with 6 more minimal bedrooms, each opening out onto the wraparound porch. The second floor consists entirely of bedrooms.

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 could easily be adapted to a flat to low sloping site. With its wraparound porches it is ideal for a warmer climate and its rustic wood construction would be most at home in a forested setting. Its exterior dimensions, including porches are 43'-2"x75'-8". The interior could easily be reconfigured for a variety of room sizes and plans.

  • Building name:      Cedar Cottage

  • Designer/Architect:      Unknown

  • Date of construction:      1859

  • Location:      Yosemite National Park, CA

  • Style:      Craftsmans Style

  • Number of sheets:      6 sheets measuring 18" x 24"
Sheet List
  • Cover sheet, information

  • First Floor Plan, 1/8" = 1'-0"

  • Second Floor Plan, 1/8" = 1'-0"

  • Elevations, 1/8" = 1'-0"

  • Section and Window Details, various scales

  • Fireplace, Interior Paneling and Door 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 by the Historic American Building Survey.

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 Craftsman Style building, not a pseudo-Crafsman tract house as you will find in the house plan magazines on your supermarket shelf. (CR001)

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