The gambrel roof, with its characteristic double slope was especially popular among the Dutch and German immigrants to the New World and is sometimes referred to as Dutch Colonial home style. The gambrel roof has the advantage of providing much more space in the attic, allowing this part of the Dutch Colonial home to be used for more than simply storage. Typically the gambrel roof house was built of timber framing throughout. But occassionally examples may be found built in stone, especially in Pennsylvania.
Historic Home Plans --- Dutch Colonial Home Plans --- Foster Gambrel Roof home

Foster-Armstrong Dutch Colonial Home - 1790s

A spacious Dutch Colonial home, a piece of American history
$60 - 10 Sheets measuring 18 " x 24 "
Ext. Dimensions apx. 43' x 70'
2 Stories, 4+ Bedrooms, 2+ baths
Built in the 1790s, Montague Township, New Jersey
Drawings prepared by HABS in 1970

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The Foster-Armstrong House - 1790s

In the 1790s Julius Foster built the wood frame portion of this house to serve as public house. It is more reminiscent of the coastal Dutch architecture than of the upper Delaware. Sometime after 1812 Foster´┐Żs son-in-law James Armstrong added the stone portion of the house. Still lived in by the Armstrong family at the time these drawings were made in 1970, this early American gem has aged gracefully.

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. Built over a full basement the first floor contains four rooms and a bath in the original wood portion of the house as well as additional rooms in the stone wing. The second floor has 4 bedrooms in the wood portion with an attic room over the stone wing. The large gambrel roofed attic is undivided and unfinished, with the magnificent timber framing fully exposed. Although ideal for a flat site, these plans would also work on a moderately sloping one. This house would be comfortable in a suburban or country setting. Including porches, the main house has outside dimensions of approximately 43'x70'.

  • Building name:      Foster-Armstrong
  • Designer/Architect:      Julius Foster

  • Date of construction:      1790s

  • Location:      Montague Township, New Jersey

  • Style:      Gambrel Roof - Dutch Colonial Style
  • Number of sheets:      10 sheets measuring 18" x 24"
Sheet List
  • Cover sheet, Information, Site Plan

  • First Floor Plan, 3/16"=1'-0"

  • Second Floor Plan, 3/16"=1'-0"

  • Basement & Attic Plans, Stair Details, various scales

  • 4 Sheets of Elevations, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • Sections, various scales

  • Entry Door & Fireplace 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 1970, by the Historic American Building Survey.

Please view my other plans for more Dutch Colonial house plans 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 Dutch Colonial home, not a pseudo-Dutch colonial tract house as you will find in the house plan magazines on your supermarket shelf. (GA001)

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