Colonial Williamsburg, the capital of Virginia Colony, is a treasure trove of American culture and architectural traditions. Colonial Williamsburg houses are an inspirational resource, providing a variety of structures, from the modest wood colonial cottage or shop, to the grandest Colonial Williamsburg houses of historic importance. Both brick and wood were commonly used for Colonial Williamsburg house construction and examples of both may be found in the architectural drawings below.
Historic Home Plans --- Colonial Williamsburg Houses --- The Bowden-Armistead House

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The Bowden-Armistead House - 1856

A brick mansion in finest Colonial Williamsburg style
$52 - 6 Sheets measuring 24 " x 36 "
Ext. Dimensions apx. 53' x 57'
2+ Stories, 5 Bedrooms, 3+ baths
Built in 1856, Williamsburg, Virginia
Drawings prepared by HABS in 1976


The Bowden-Armistead House - 1856

The brick Bowden-Armistead house, in Williamsburg, Virginia, is an elegant, efficient example of the "4 over 4" plan, which has a central hall with 2 rooms on each side, repeated on the 2 levels. At the Bowden house a later addition to the rear provides some extended useful spaces as well as a delightful second level porch.

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 moderately sloping sight. The first floor consists of 5 rooms, one of which could easily serve as a bedroom. The second floor provides 4 more bedrooms as well as several baths and a porch. The whole sits on a raised basement. This house would be suited to either a suburban or country setting.

  • Building name:       Bowden-Armistead House

  • Designer/Architect:       Unknown

  • Date of construction:       1856

  • Location:       Williamsburg, Virginia

  • Style:       Greek Revival, Victorian

  • Number of sheets:       6 sheets measuring 24" x 36"
Sheet List
  • Cover sheet, information, Site Plan

  • Basement Floor Plan, 3/16"=1'-0"

  • First Floor Plan, 3/16"=1'-0"

  • Second Floor Plan, 3/16"=1'-0"

  • 2 Elevation sheets, 3/16"=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 1976 by the Historic American Building Survey.

Please view my other plans for more plans from Williamsburg, Virginia and for a large variety of house plans in many other styles as well.

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. (CW002)

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