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 Patterson-Palmer House

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The Patterson-Palmer House - before 1800

A classic compact design reminiscent of the Colonial Williamsburg homes
$63 - 11 Sheets measuring 18 " x 24 "
Ext. Dimensions apx. 34' x 45.5'
2+ Stories, 2+ Bedrooms, 2 (potential) baths
Built 1825, Williamsburg, Virginia
Drawings prepared by HABS in 1965


Palmer-Patterson Colonial Williamsburg style home

Palmer-Patterson Colonial Williamsburg style home

The Paterson-Palmer House - before 1800

The wood and brick Palmer House (before 1800), in Orange County, North Carolina, resembles the Colonial Williamsburg houses. Its interior is spacious and elegant. It has an unusual lateral front hall. Built over a brick raised basement the house itself is wood framed with clapboard siding. The principal floor has two large rooms and a small room, in addition to the large entry hall. The attic with dormers is at present two large rooms.

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 site. The first floor could be arranged a number of ways, depending on your needs. The small room could serve as a kitchen alcove off of a family room. Or it could be kept separate and used as a small first floor bedroom. The attic could comfortably accommodate 2 bedrooms and 1 to 2 bathrooms. On a sloping site a "walk out" basement could provide additional living space. Its exterior dimensions measure roughly 34� x 45�-6�. This compact, efficient house, with the appearance of being a single story, would be equally comfortable in town, suburb or country setting.

  • Building name:      Patterson-Palmer House

  • Designer/Architect:      Unknown

  • Date of construction:      Before 1800

  • Location:      Orange County, North Carolina

  • Style:      Colonial

  • Number of sheets:      11 sheets measuring 18"x24"
Sheet List
  • Cover sheet, information, Site Plan

  • Basement Floor Plan, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • First Floor Plan, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • Attic Floor Plan, 1/4"=1'-0"

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

  • South Elevation, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • East Elevations, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • West Elevations, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • Section, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • Two Sheets of 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 1965 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. (CW006)

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