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    Cyburbian michaelskis's avatar
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    Architectural Plans for Historic Homes.

    I was wondering in anyone had suggestions as to where I can find architectural plans for historic homes? I have seen diagrams of the fronts of buildings and such, but nothing that includes floor plans or construction drawings.

    Mainly I am looking for styles that were popular from 1880 to 1930.
    "A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. Time makes more converts than reason." - Thomas Paine Common Sense.

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    If your not looking for any particular building try searching ebay for "home plans" or "house plans". This should bring up a few catalogs that were put out by building companies that will offer floor plans, a decent picture of the house and a few details.

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    Quote Originally posted by jsk1983
    If your not looking for any particular building try searching ebay for "home plans" or "house plans". This should bring up a few catalogs that were put out by building companies that will offer floor plans, a decent picture of the house and a few details.
    Downfall with that is it is almost all modern architecture. If I wanted to know the building plans of a ranch home, I am set. However Queen Anne, Italianate, Victorian, and even Craftsman homes are not constructed in the same way anymore.
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    I've seen reproduction books of bungalow house plans. These house styles were very popular from 1910 to 1930 because of these pattern books and people had enough money to build them. The books include floor plans but not all the interior details and built-ins that these homes are known for. America still had a lot of real craftsmen then and they didn't need a book to show them how to finish out and trim a home. Just about any Barnes & Noble or Borders book store should have a copy.

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    Is this more what your looking for? http://http://cgi.ebay.com/RADFORDS-...QQcmdZViewItem

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    About.com has some good links to historic plans (and some books that you can get at the library or something).

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    Quote Originally posted by jsk1983
    Is this more what your looking for? http://http://cgi.ebay.com/RADFORDS-...QQcmdZViewItem
    Kind of... but not so much for Bungalows, more so looking for larger Victorian age plans.

    More like this...

    or this...
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    Well if your after really old, really big, my uni's architecture library has a set of plans for Windsor Castle...
    The things take like half a shelf.

    but seriously, have you tried just rooting through your nearest college library?

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    do a google search for sears kit homes.

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