Historic Early Virginia Home Plan
About This Plan
- Robert Nicholson, who would become one of Williamsburg's most prosperous tailors and merchants, began construction of this unique house in the early 1750s.
- He first built a small, neat frame dwelling featuring a side entryway.
- He later decided to double the size of his house by adding a west wing adjoining the house at the side passage, thereby making the side door the new center of the house.
- Proof of this transformation is the ever-so-slightly off-center doorway, a quaint feature that distinguishes many old homes that that have undergone alterations over the centuries.
- Many original elements of the Nicolson house remain virtually intact today: original heart pine flooring, panel wainscoting, turned stair balusters and finely molded dentils.
- Commodious, yet simple and unpretentious, this home is a premier example of early Virginia architecture.
Square Footage Breakdown
- Total Heated Area: 2,976 sq. ft.
- 1st Floor: 1,827 sq. ft.
- 2nd Floor: 1,149 sq. ft.
- Bonus: 639 sq. ft.
- Bedrooms: 4
- Full bathrooms: 3
- Half bathrooms: 1
- Standard Foundations: Basement, Crawl
- Standard Type(s): 2x6
- Width: 81' 4"
- Depth: 37' 8"
- Max ridge height: 29' 6"
- Type: Attached
- Area: 506 sq. ft.
- Count: 2 Cars
- Entry Location: Side
- Floor / Height: First Floor / 9' 0" Second Floor / 8' 0"
- Framing Type: Stick