The Victorian period was marked by a great variety of styles for home plans. Victorian styles include Queen Anne, Italianate, Tudor, Romanesque and Gothic, among others. Frequently elements from a variety of styles were combined, resulting in home plans that can only be described as Eclectic. Victorian home plans often show great imagination in their internal layouts, going far beyond the 4-Square plans typical of the Colonial period. Bay and bow windows add variety to spaces. Towers and turrets become popular. Porches wrap around entire homes.
Historic Home Plans --- Queen Anne Style Home Plans --- Cottage at Sailors' Snug Harbor

Queen Anne Style home plan

Cottage at Sailors' Snug Harbor- late 1800s

Here is a delightfully eclectic small Victorian home with an efficient plan
$47 - 6 Sheets measuring 18 " x 24 "
Ext. Dimensions apx. 28' x 49'
1+ Stories, 2-3 Bedrooms, 1-2 baths
Built late 1800s, Staten Island, New York
Drawings prepared by HABS in 1974

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Cottage at Sailors' Snug Harbor - late 1800s

The history of Sailors' Snug Harbor extends back to 1801 when New York tycoon Captain Robert Richard Randall built the first institution to care for "aged, decrepit and worn-out" sailors. Over the course of the century the institution grew to include 26 jewels of Victorian design in a variety of styles. The row of cottages, one of which is shown here, are typical Victorian eclectic designs incorporating elements from several styles including Italianate, Queen Anne and a French inspired "Mansard" roof.

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 an entry hall and stair with large and medium sized social spaces adjacent. These could serve as Living and Dining Rooms, with the kitchen in the wing off the back. Alternatively the kitchen could be opened to the smaller social space to creata a Family Room. The upper floor currently has 3 principal rooms but this could be arranged in a number of ways to allow for 2-3 bedrooms and 1-2 baths. The house is built over a full basement. On a sloping site this basement could be made into additional living space. However the simple plan of this house would also work well on a flat site with a crawlspace or even a slab foundation. Suitable for a narrow lot, this house would be comfortable in a town, suburb or country setting. The house has outside dimensions of approximately 28' x 49', including the front porch.

  • Building name:      Cottage at Sailors' Snug Harbor

  • Designer/Architect:      Unknown

  • Date of construction:      late 1800s

  • Location:      Staten Island, New York

  • Style:      Victorian Eclectic Style Home

  • Number of sheets:      6 sheets measuring 18" x 24"
Sheet List
  • Basement Floor Plan, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • First Floor Plan, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • Second Floor Plan, 1/4"=1'-0"

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

  • Section, 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 1974, by the Historic American Building Survey.

Please view my other plans for more 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 Victorian Style home, not a pseudo-Victorian tract house as you will find in the house plan magazines on your supermarket shelf. (VI004)

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