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Architectural documents

Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
Scope Note: Papers, drawings, plans, letters, and other documents, either hard copy or digital, having to do with the construction of buildings, usually originating in an architect's office.

Found in 9 Collections and/or Records:

BW-5501/A-G - Mansion drawings of the architectural - engineering details for strengthening of the framing - drawn by Charles Killam, June-July, 1932 , November 1972

 Item — Box 4 (5x7), Drawer: Photographic print
Identifier: BW-5501
Scope and Contents From the Collection:

The Historical Photograph Collection is largely comprised of materials created by or for the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. Photographers primarily include staff members and contract photographers. The collection spans the 1930s to the 2000s and includes analog material made up of a variety of sizes of film negatives providing a visual history of the Mansion, outbuildings, tombs, grounds, events, visitors, collection objects, personnel, restoration, and changes throughout the estate.

Dates: November 1972

Document, Plan for garret chamber, 1797 September 15

 Item — Box 13, Folder: 1797.09.15
Identifier: W-668
Scope and Contents Notes and measured drawing in Washington's hand, specifying how a stove could be installed in a corner of one of the garret or attic bedrooms at Mount Vernon. Drawn at “a scale of a foot to an inch” Washington remarks that “every part of it may be exactly measured and perfectly understood by any workman.” While not dated (but on paper watermarked 1795, and therefore possibly as early as that), the drawing appears to be either a draft or Washington’s file copy of a similar plan sent to...
Dates: 1797 September 15

Document, Plan for garret chamber, 1797 September 15

 Item — Box 13, Folder: 1797.09.15
Identifier: RM-1122; MS-5806
Scope and Contents

Manuscript Architectural Plan of a room in the garret of Mount Vernon sent from George Washington to Clement Biddle when purchasing a stove for the room.

Dates: 1797 September 15

Enclosure, to William Pearce, 1795 May

 Item — Box 10, Folder: 1795.05.00
Identifier: RM-490-F; MS-4063
Scope and Contents

"Calculation of the number of Bricks wanting for the Barn at River Farm" --Bricks for barn at River Farm. Sketch is for barn at Dogue Run Farm. -total number of bricks for each section of the new barn--sketch of barn placement and surrounding grounds.

Dates: 1795 May

Memorandum and sketch, greenhouse and quarters, 1785

 Item — Box 3, Folder: 1785.00.00
Identifier: W-799
Scope and Contents

Memorandum notes that Quarters to be 16' wide; half of that with 4' projection sufficient width for greenhouse; chimneys and where to place them; in front part of greenhouse need 2 tiers of windows; windows close together; chimneys in quarters; front of quarters might be wood with brick underpinning--center or greenhouse part all brick to the eves; rafters same angle; describes how to place windows in greenhouse.

Dates: 1785

Memorandum, New Room chimney and Piazza windows, 1796

 Item — Box 11, Folder: 1796.00.00
Identifier: W-812/a
Scope and Contents

Memorandum in the hand of George Washington with dimensions of architecdtural details in and around the house -- piazza at west door: brick pavement between the tiles 5 feet 3 inches by 9 feet 6 inches; tiles are 12" square; stone margin around them of 6" on outer edge, 9" on inner next the house. --gives measurements of windows in the new room; the Venetian window is given in exact detail; the two smaller (or end windows); the dimensions of the chimney in the new room in detail.

Dates: 1796

Notes, Deer park wall, 1798 October

 Item — Box 14, Folder: 1798.10.00
Identifier: RM-770; MS-5082
Scope and Contents

George Washington’s deer park declined while he was away serving as president. In 1792 he replaced its fence with a ha-ha or walled ditch, drawn here in black. Six years later, he planned a new course for the ha-ha, represented by the dotted line following “the natural shape of the hill.”

Dates: 1798 October

Plan, Piazza flooring, undated

 Item — Box 16, Folder: ND11
Identifier: W-498
Scope and Contents The plan below, is supposed to represent the Piaza [Piazza] – The black describes the Tile which it is supposed remains uninjured - & the white stone, which will be necessary to replace the Tile that has been damaged by the Frost – If this mode will answer and Knowles [John Knowles] -or Harry [Henry] Young can be engaged – the work might be set about.An indentured bricklayer and laborer, John Knowles worked at Mount Vernon from 1773 until 1784, as well as from 1786 until...
Dates: undated

Plans, greenhouse and quarters, circa 1785

 Item — Box 3, Folder: 1785.00.00
Identifier: W-1369/B
Scope and Contents

Plans for the Greenhouse quarters drawn and annotated by George Washington about 1785

Dates: circa 1785