Homestead Building Designs from the Historic American Building Survey 

These eighteenth and nineteenth century buildings are samples of the hundreds of farmhouse, barn and outbuilding plans that have been preserved through the HABS.

Homestead Building Designs from the Historic American Building Survey

Photo: 1870s Deister Homestead, Route 442, Stull vicinity, Douglas, KS


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


1790s - 1870s Hayfields Farm Buildings, Worthington Valley, Cockeysville vicinity, Baltimore County, MD

Card # MD0462

This set of drawings includes a stone barn and barnyard buildings, a brick horse barn, a stone coachman's house, a carriage house, a meat house, a spring house, an ice house, a wagon shed and granary, a brick privy and more.


Early 1800s - Caldwell-Hutchison Farm, County Road 93, Lowndesville vicinity, Abbeville County, SC

Card # SC0075

The Caldwell-Hutchison Farm has a two story dogtrot style log house that was expanded over the years from an original one story single-pen log cabin. Farm buildings include a log smoke house, a blacksmith shop and a variety of barns, sheds and special-purpose outbuildings.


1826 Jacob Zabriskie Farmstead, South Paramus Road, Paramus, Bergen, NJ

CARD# NJ0257

The plan set that you can print includes drawings of the Zabriskie's 1826 farmhouse, a 40'x40' three-level, Dutch style, timber-frame barn, a combination workshop, sleigh house and wood shed, a grain crib, a corn crib, a small wagon barn and a stone smokehouse. The drawings include floor plans, exterior elevations, building sections and construction details.


1870s Deister Homestead, Route 442, Stull vicinity, Douglas, KS

CARD# KS0011

The Deister Farmstead is representative of a way of life on a working farm in the early years of Kansas' history. The plan set that you can print shows how the 1870 stone farmhouse changed over the years. It also includes a 26'x54', three-level stone barn, a stone shedrow barn, a combined smokehouse and chicken coop, and a combined washroom and utility shed. A later addition to the farm, a pole-frame wooden barn, is also shown. The drawings have floor plans, exterior elevations, building sections and construction details.


1920 Ohler Farmstead, 1375 Mill Run Road, Mill Run, Fayette, PA

Card # PA-6748

The Ohler Farmstead, built around 1910 or 1920, is a typical subsistence farm of southwestern Pennsylvania. The plan set includes drawings of an attractive small farmhouse, a 32'x44' all-purpose barn, a 14'x18' garage and a storage shed. The set includes a detail drawing that shows all of the components of the barn's timber frame.


1764 -1867 Burrough-Wick Farm, Outbuildings, Church Road, Delaware Twp, Camden County, NJ

Card # NJ0402

Ice House, privy and stone smoke house.


White Haven, Shed, 7400 Grant Road, Affton vicinity, St. Louis County, MO

Card # MO1774

The photos of this practical shed also show a beautiful hillside ice house.


Luther Burbank House, Greenhouse, 200 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, CA

Card #  CA1238


The Historic American Building 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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