Log Cabin Designs from the Historical American Building Survey

View and print photos and measured drawings of floor plans, exterior elevations and construction details.



Two Story Log Cabin with Front Porch


These eighteenth and nineteenth century log cabins are just a few samples of the hundreds of log building designs that have been preserved through the HABS. You can view photos and measured drawings of floor plans, exterior elevations and construction details.


1837 Pioneer Log Cabin, Public Square Vicinity, Milton, Rock County, WI

Card # WI0107


Winterview Farm Log Cabin, Interstate Highway 81, Lexington vicinity, Rockbridge County, VA

Card # VA0915

Two Story Log Cabin with upper level porch.


1817 Zeeb House (Log Cabin), Fourth & Park Streets, Zoar, Tuscarawas County, OH

Card # OH0223

This attractive, well built log home with a front porch is in the village of Zoar, Ohio. Zoar was founded in 1817 by a group of about 200 German Separatists seeking escape from religious persecution in their homeland. Through most of the 1800s it was the center of their communal society.


1730s Mench-Reall Log Cabin, Friesburg, Salem County, NJ

Card # NJ0756

The drawings and photos of this cabin include details of dove-tail corner notches.


1720 Peter Bard Log Cabin, Lebanon State Forest, Upper Mill, Burlington County, NJ

Card # NJ0380

This shows how settler's cabins were often expanded over the years with larger frame structures added on. The measured drawings of this cabin include details of round log construction.


1804 James Kemper Log Cabin, Zoological Gardens, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, OH

Card # OH0268

This dramatic, two story, hillside log home has a stone foundation and basement, stone fireplaces, a front porch and an upstairs sleeping porch.


1855 -1860 Log Cabin, Carbondale vicinity, Jackson County, IL

Card # IL0352

This two story hewn log home once had front porches on both levels.


1806 - 1906 Log Cabin, Terrytown, Bradford County, PA

Card # PA0211

HABS drawings for this substantial log home include extensive interior and construction details.


1841 Thomas Jefferson Walling Log Cabin, Henderson, Rusk County, TX

Card # TX0554

This one-pen Republic of Texas pioneer cabin was later expanded into a dogtrot cabin: two pens with a roofed breezeway between them. Read the HABS data pages for a full history.


1900s Charley Regenary's Log Cabin, Chewelah, Stevens County, WA

Card # WA0107

This little, one and one-half story log cabin was abandoned and in disrepair in 1936 when the U.S. Works Progress Administration measured it and created a set of drawings of it for the Historic American Buildings Survey. It was probably build in the early 1900s.  The drawings, which included floor plans, exterior elevations and building sections, show how the cabin would have looked when it was new.


The Historic American Buildings Survey is a joint effort of the Library of Congress and the National Park Service. Read more about their efforts to preserve America's heritage by visiting their website: Built in America  To learn more about any of the designs listed here, search for it by its card number. Then, explore the vast and ever-growing HABS collection to view related building designs.




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