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 Magazine

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The Magazine- 1715

A rare Octagon building adaptable as a Colonial Williamsburg house
$57 - 7 Sheets measuring 24" x 36"
Ext. Dimensions apx. 34' x 34'
2 Stories, 2-3 Bedrooms, 2 (potential) baths
Built 1715, Williamsburg, Virginia
Drawings prepared by HABS in 1977

Carter's Grove Colonial Williamsburg style home

The Magazine - 1715

The Magazine was built by order of Governor Alexander Spotswood in 1715. It was built for storage of munitions in times of conflict. Spotswood himself was responsible for the design, a surprisingly graceful octagonal structure, given its function.

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. With some imagination and creativity this structure could be modified to make a very interesting house . One approach might be to place the social rooms on the second level, reachable by a ground level entry hall and central spiral stair. With additional windows at the second level this would make a grand space. The remainder of the ground level could be given over to a couple of bedrooms and a bath. The high attic could easily contain an additional bed/bath suite. Where there is a good view from the second level this would be an ideal arrangement. This house has outside dimensions of approximately 34� x 34�.

  • Building name:       The Magazine

  • Designer/Architect:       Alexander Spotswood

  • Date of construction:       1715

  • Location:       Williamsburg, Virginia

  • Style:       Colonial Style

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

  • First Floor Plan, 1/4�=1�-0�

  • Second Floor Plan, Attic Plan, 1/4�=1�-0�

  • Elevation, 1/4�=1�-0�

  • Elevation, Section, 1/4�=1�-0�

  • 2 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 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. (CW010)

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