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 Brafferton

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The Brafferton - 1723

A historic brick Colonial Williamsburg mansion
$57 - 7 Sheets measuring 24 " x 36 "
Ext. Dimensions apx. 34' x 52'
2+ Stories, 3-4 Bedrooms, 2-3 baths
Built in 1723, Williamsburg, Virginia
Drawings prepared by HABS in 1977


The Brafferton - 1723

The Brafferton (1723), in Williamsburg, Virginia, began its life as a school for boys. It has been in continuous use ever since, as a school, dormitory and offices for the College of William and Mary. Very much residential in appearance it is an elegant, efficient rectangular plan, 2 stories, with attic and full basement.

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 3 rooms around stair hall that runs the depth of the house. The second floor is practically identical to the first, though it could easily be altered to make 2 bedrooms, a bathroom and a master bedroom suite. The attic is large and lit by several dormers. It would also make excellent flexible living space. With exterior dimensions measuring just under 34'x52' and an upright appearance this house would be most suitable in an urban or suburban context.

  • Building name:       The Brafferton

  • Designer/Architect:       Henry Carey Jr.

  • Date of construction:       1723

  • Location:       Williamsburg, Virginia

  • Style:       Colonial

  • Number of sheets:       7 sheets measuring 24" x 36"
Sheet List
  • Cover sheet, information, Site Plan

  • Basement Floor Plan, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • First Floor Plan, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • Second Floor Plan, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • Attic Floor Plan, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • North (Entry) Elevation, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • West (Side) Elevation and Entry Door Detail, 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 1977 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. (CW004)

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