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

The Joseph Jenckes Dutch Colonial Home - 1765

A spacious timber framed gambrel roof home
$81 - 17 Sheets measuring 18 " x 24 "
Ext. Dimensions apx. 30' x 40'
2+ Stories, 6+ Bedrooms, 3+ baths
Built in the 1765, Providence, Rhode Island
Drawings prepared by HABS in 1936

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The Joseph Jenckes Residence - 1765

One of the largest gambrel roof houses in Rhode Island, the Joseph Jenckes house stands four-square on its corner site. Joseph Jenckes, himself a solid and four-square merchant is believed to have participated in the secret group that burned the British revenue schooner HMS Gaspee, in 1772, an act considered by many to mark the true beginning of the Revolution. The front porch and rear wing were later additions to the house. The porch was removed in a recent renovation.

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 comprises 5 rooms wrapping around a central chimney core. The kitchen and 2 of the rooms are large. One of the smaller rooms could easily serve as a first floor bedroom, while the other small room could be joined to the kitchen to make a family room or breakfast area. The second floor plan matches the first, with 5 rooms. The gambrel roofed attic provides a third floor almost as large as the others. Although ideal for a flat site, these plans would also work on a moderately sloping one, possibly allowing for a walk-out basement. This house would be comfortable in a suburban or country setting. Excluding the later additions, the main house has outside dimensions of approximately 30'x40'.

  • Building name:      Joseph Jenckes Residence
  • Designer/Architect:      Unknown

  • Date of construction:      1765

  • Location:      Providence, Rhode Island

  • Style:      Gambrel Roof - Dutch Colonial Style
  • Number of sheets:      17 sheets measuring 18" x 24"
Sheet List
  • Cover sheet, Information, Site Plan

  • Basement Plan, 1/4" = 1'-0"

  • First Floor Plan, 1/4" = 1'-0"

  • Second Floor Plan, 1/4" = 1'-0"

  • Attic Floor Plan, 1/4" = 1'-0"

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

  • 2 Sheets, Sections, 1/4" = 1'-0"

  • 8 Sheets, Interior & Exterior 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 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. (GA003)

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