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 --- Italianate Style Home Plans --- Tower Grove House

Queen Anne Style home plan

Tower Grove House - 1868

An Italianate Style Victorian home bay windows, turret and porches
$63 - 8 Sheets measuring 24 " x 36 "
Ext. Dimensions apx. 42' x 80'
2+ Stories, 3-4 Bedrooms, 2-3 baths
Built 1868, Saint Louis, Missouri
Drawings prepared by HABS in 1975

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Italianate victorian style home

Italianate victorian style home

Italianate victorian style home

Italianate victorian style home

Tower Grove House - 1868

In the late 1840s, when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert decided to build themselves a country house, they found the perfect spot on the Isle of Wight and commissioned Thomas Cubitt to design and build a classic villa in the Italianate Style. This set off a huge fashion for the Italianate across the UK and the USA. Suddenly roof slopes were reduced, porches started spreading and square shaped towers sprouted everywhere. Few American examples capture the essence of the style so well as this delightful home, designed for the Tower Grove Park superintendent, by Francis Tunica.

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 entrance is through a porch, into the tower. Three reception rooms grace the front of the house, while a rear wing accomodates the kitchen and could easily be arranged to contain a bedroom and bath. The spacious staircase leads to a second floor with 3 bedrooms, each large enough that some space could be stolen from them to acommodate 2 baths. The tower contains a stair that leads up an additional 2 levels. This house would be comfortable in a suburban or country setting. The house has outside dimensions of approximately 42' x 80', including porches.

  • Building name:      Tower Grove Superintendent's House

  • Designer/Architect:      Francis Tunica

  • Date of construction:      1868

  • Location:      Saint Louis, Missouri

  • Style:      Italianate Victorian Style Home

  • Number of sheets:      8 sheets measuring 24" x 36"
Sheet List
  • Basement Floor Plan, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • First Floor Plan, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • Second Floor Plan, 1/4"=1'-0"

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

  • Section, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • 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 1975, 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 Italianatet Victorian Style home, not a pseudo-Victorian tract house as you will find in the house plan magazines on your supermarket shelf. (VI006)

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