The George Allen House - 1863
In 1863, Philadelphia industrialist George Allen decided it was time to reward himself and his family with a country residence on the coast. Not one to do things by half measures, he turned to one of the most popular architects of the day, Samuel Sloan. By 1863 Sloan had already designed several notable public buildings and residences. His designs had been appearing in the magazine Godey's Lady's Book and his book Sloan's Homestead Architecture and American Houses, published in 1861, was a major success. With the commission of a country home for the Allens, Sloan set out to design the quintessential Italianate Villa, and succeed, he did.
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 first floor of the main block consists of 3 large reception rooms along a central corridor which leads to a single story wing at the back. This wing contains a large kitchen, pantry, living room and bath. The second and third floors each contain 4 bedrooms and 1 bath. Additional baths could easily be worked into the plans. The main house and rear wing have outside dimensions of approximately 70' x 110'. The scale of this villa demands a spacious suburban or country setting.
- Building name: George Allen Mansion
- Designer/Architect: Samuel Sloan
- Date of construction: 1863
- Location: Cape May, New Jersey
- Style: Italianate Victorian Style Home
- Number of sheets: 4 sheets measuring 24" x 36"
- First Floor Plan, 1/4"=1'-0"
- Second Floor Plan, 1/4"=1'-0"
- Third Floor Plan, 1/4"=1'-0"
- Elevation, 1/4"=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 1973, by the Historic American Building Survey.
Please view my other plans for more Italianate Victorian Style home 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 Italianate Victorian Style home, not a pseudo-Victorian tract house as you will find in the house plan magazines on your supermarket shelf. (VI001)