Victorian Domestic
Architectural Plans and Details
, by William T. Comstock

Victorian Domestic Architectural Plans and Details (Dover Publications)

Subtitle: 734 Scale Drawings of Doorways, Windows, Staircases, Moldings, Cornices and Other Elements. Dover (1987) republication of Modern Architectural Designs and Details: Containing Eighty Finely Lithographed Plates…, originally published by William T. Comstock, Architectural Publisher, New York, 1881. Preface. 734 black-and-white illustrations. 96pp. 9.375 x 12.25 inches. Paperbound. ISBN-10: 0-486-25442-9. ISBN-13: 978-0-486-25442-5.


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Victorian architecture, with its quirky diversity, eclectic origins and exuberant ornamentation, continues to exert a strong attraction on today's architects, builders and homeowners. For those interested in restoring, preserving, or even recreating Victorian homes, authentic plans and designs are invaluable. This volume, meticulously reproduced from a rare 19th-century publication, offers an exceptionally rich pictorial record of actual mid- to late-victorian designs.

Extremely clear and detailed engravings — drawn to scale — present elevations, floor plans, perspectives and other drawings (in some cases, complete framing plans) for country houses and cottages in a variety of styles: Queen Anne, Eastlake, Elizabethan, Colonial, Jacobean, Southern, Californian and more. There are even designs for several store and office fronts, with counters, shelving, etc.

Supplementing the large number of complete designs are nearly 700 large-scale drawings of virtually every architectural detail, many embodying the unique “gingerbread” that characterizes Victorian buildings. Included are clear, precise renderings of balusters, brackets, cornices, dormers, fireplaces, finials, gables, mantels, moldings, newels, piazzas, porches, rafters, rosettes, staircases, transoms, verandas, wainscoting, windows and hundreds of other features.

For restorers of old houses, preservationists, students of American architectural history, admirers of Victoriana, anyone interested in the “Victorian Gothic” styles that dominated American domestic architecture in the late 1800s will want to have this inexpensive treasury of authentic century-old plans and details.

Cover design by Paul E. Kennedy.

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