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.
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Dutch Colonial Home Plan

Ezekiel Howe Dutch Colonial Home - 1750s

A traditional gambrel roof home with a flexible floor plan
$50 - 7 Sheets measuring 18 " x 24 "
Ext. Dimensions apx. 35' x 38'
1+ Stories, 3+ Bedrooms, 1+ baths
Built in the 1750s, Framingham, Massachusetts
Drawings prepared by HABS in 1936

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The Ezekiel Howe Residence - 1750s

Colonel Ezekiel Howe, owner of the Wayside Inn, at Sudbury, Massachusetts bought land from Joseph Berry in 1749 and immediately set about building this Dutch Colonial, gambrel roofed wood home. Over the decades many changes were made, windows were moved, dormer windows were added to bring more light into the attic rooms. It exemplifies the kind of home that adapts gracefully over time to the needs of its residents.

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. The design is a classic �4 by 4� plan with a central hall running down the middle and 2 rooms on either side. On the ground floor the front rooms have all been opened up to make one large Living Room stretching the width of the house, with a Kitchen and Dining Room behind. In the gambrel roofed attic there are 4 bedrooms and a small room which could serve as a bath. It would be a simple matter o transform 2 of the bedrooms into a Master Bedroom/Bath suite. Although ideal for a flat site, these plans would also work on a moderately sloping one. This house would be comfortable in a suburb or country setting. Excluding the sheds the main house has outside dimensions of approximately 35" x 38'-6".

  • Building name:      Howe-Gregory Residence
  • Designer/Architect:      Ezekiel Howe

  • Date of construction:      1750s

  • Location:      Framingham, Massachusetts

  • Style:      Gambrel Roof - Dutch Colonial Style
  • Number of sheets:      7 sheets measuring 18" x 24"
Sheet List
  • Cover sheet, Information, Site Plan

  • First Floor Plan, showing sheds, 1/8" = 1'-0"

  • First & Second Floor Plans, 1/4" = 1'-0"

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

  • Details: doors, windows, trim, 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 1936, 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. (GA002)

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