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 --- Eclectic Victorian Style Home Plans --- Governor's House at Sailors' Snug Harbor

Queen Anne Style home plan

Governor's House at Sailors' Snug Harbor- late 1800s

A traditional and timeless 4-square plan with an expansive front porch
$52 - 6 Sheets measuring 24 " x 36 "
Ext. Dimensions apx. 43' x 50'
2+ Stories, 3-4 Bedrooms, 2-3 baths
Built late 1800s, Staten Island, New York
Drawings prepared by HABS in 1976

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Governor's House 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 Governor's House is a fine example, in brick of typical Victorian eclectic design, melding elements Italianate and Queen Anne styles.

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 house adopts the traditional 4-square plan, a central hall running down the middle with 2 rooms on either side. Spaces are generously proportioned. The stairs provide a strong focal point to the entry, and a bay window accents one of the reception rooms. It would be a simple matter to arrange a bedroom and bath on the first floor. The second floor easily accomodates 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, while the tall attic provides yet more, flexible space. A large family could inhabit this house with room to spare. The original house is built over a full basement but could be adapted to a crawlspace However the simple plan of this house would also work well on a flat site with a crawlspace. This house would be comfortable in a suburban or country setting. The house has outside dimensions of approximately 43' x 50', including the front porch.

  • Building name:      Governor's House 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 24" x 36"
Sheet List
  • First Floor Plan, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • Second Floor Plan, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • Section, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • 3 Sheets of Elevations, 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 1976, 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. (VI007)

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