Hello Teeming Millions
I read the GQ stickies and tried the archives (SDMB and National)and library websites, but I’m either really dense or I’m just not finding what I need. I don’t know where to begin.
Does anyone know how to find floor plans of a specific house or building? Not styles of floor plans, I want the specific recorded floor plan of a particular structure. I enjoy architecture of older homes and there are quite a few nice gems in my town and when drive by them I always wonder: Hmm, wonder what that looks like on the inside? Is the kitchen big? Can they utilize the attic? Where are the stairs placed? Things like that. It’s an odd obsession, certianly, but I’m just very curious about layouts and the “flow” of older homes.
I work in a registered historical building. We’ve been told that it was once a market with a one-family home above, then a brothel, then apartments, now an office. I would like to see what the original floor plan looked like when the building was first built back in 1892.
Since it’s registered, I’ve been able to find the original builders name and his life story, but not any floor plans. As I said, I just don’t know where to begin looking. I assume they must be recorded and kept somewhere, yes? Some kind of government records office? Anyone work in that type of office or happen to know where something like that would be filed? Would it be available for public perusal?
The second part of this request is that I also lived in a really cool old home that was divided into 7 apts. It had large odd shaped rooms and strange corners and stairways that went nowhere. I’ve always been curious as to what the original layout of the home was. How would I go about looking up the original floor plans of a private residence like that? I have the current owner’s name, but I have no idea who built the property way back in 1920.
Could I just look up any random address? Say I also like the old grand home on the corner of 14th and Harvard in my neighborhood. I’d like to find out who built the house, how old it is, and what the floor plans are. Where do I start? What do I need? Will these government agencies think I’m freaky for wanting to know floor plans of random houses?
Thanks in advance for any assistance.