The English-Oliver Residence - 1871 & 1892
The English-Oliver House was born in 1871, when Andrew H. English, a Pittsburgh bookseller built the original house. However it only came into its own after it was purchased by Henry W. Oliver and expanded to designs designs by the firm, Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge. This home, in a very sober Romanesque style, qualifies as one of the most impressive homes built by the Pittsburgh industrialists of the period.
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 consists of 5 large reception rooms as well as a spacious stair hall, all organized along an axial corridor. Bay and bow windows create variety among the spaces. A large kitchen and servants rooms are at the rear. The second floor contains 4 bedroom suites, each with its own bath. Three servants rooms are at the rear. The attic is also high enough to allow additional bedrooms and baths. The house is built over a full basement. These plans would equally well on flat or sloping sites. The scale of this house demands a spacious setting, whether it be suburban or country. The house has outside dimensions of approximately 62' x 118'.
- Building name: The English-Oliver Mansion
- Designer/Architect: Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge
- Date of construction: 1871 & 1892
- Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Style: Romanesque Style Home
- Number of sheets: 9 sheets measuring 18" x 24"
- First Floor Plan, 1/8"=1'-0"
- Second Floor Plan, 1/8"=1'-0"
- Attic Floor Plan, 1/8"=1'-0"
- Basement Floor Plan, 1/8"=1'-0"
- 3 Sheets of Elevations, 1/8"=1'-0"
- 2 Sheets of Sections, 1/8"=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 1961, by the Historic American Building Survey.
Please view my other plans for more Romanesque 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 Romanesque Style home, not a pseudo-Romanesque tract house as you will find in the house plan magazines on your supermarket shelf. (VI002)