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 Tayloe Office

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The Tayloe Office - circa 1825

A unique, brick Colonial Williamsburg cottage with an ogee roof
$37 - 3 Sheets measuring 18 " x 24 "
Ext. Dimensions apx. 16' x 16'
1 Story, 1 Bedroom studio, 1 bath
Built 18th century, Williamsburg, Virginia
Drawings prepared by HABS in 1976

Carter's Grove Colonial Williamsburg style home

The Tayloe Office - 18th century

Among the outbuildings typically surrounding a Colonial Williamsburg home, offices are not uncommon. However, the Tayloe office, with its ogee shaped roof and curved, vaulted ceiling inside, is unique, and beautiful. Built sometime in the 18th century, it was later remodeled to include a small bath and kitchenette. This 16' x 16' cottage would make an ideal guest house, art studio or home office.

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 offer an excellent starting point. These plans are ideal for a flat site. The cottage consists of a main room with a kitchenette in an alcove and a small bath. This cottage would be comfortable in a suburban or country setting. It has outside dimensions of approximately 16' x 16'.

  • Building name:       Tayloe Office

  • Designer/Architect:      Unknown

  • Date of construction:       1700s

  • Location:       Williamsburg, Virginia

  • Style:       Colonial

  • Number of sheets:       3 sheets measuring 18" x 24"
Sheet List
  • Cover sheet, information, Site Plan, Notes
  • First Floor Plan, 2 Elevations, Details, 1/4"=1'-0" & 3"=1'-0"
  • 2 Elevations, Details, 1/4"=1'-0" & 3/4"=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 1978 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 Colonial building, not a pseudo-colonial tract house as you will find in the house plan magazines on your supermarket shelf. (CW008)

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