Blueprint Construction Plans

I would like to direct your attention to a PDF from archive.org that preserves a special 1946 supplement to American Builders Magazine.

Blueprint Plans from American Buidler Magazine (1946) archive.org

The full PDF at archive.org weighs in at 99MB (78 pages) and would probably take seven years to download, so I’ve broken off two selections into smaller pieces that should be easier for our network connection to digest:

If you ever have the time, check out archive.org for more architecture and design related documents. Let me know if you find something interesting.

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Architectural Plan Views

A floor plan is the most fundamental architectural diagram, a view from above showing the arrangement of spaces in building in the same way as a map, but showing the arrangement at a particular level of a building. Technically it is a horizontal section cut through a building (conventionally at four feet / one metre and twenty centimetres above floor level), showing walls, windows and door openings and other features at that level. The plan view includes anything that could be seen below that level: the floor, stairs (but only up to the plan level), fittings and sometimes furniture. Objects above the plan level (e.g. beams overhead) can be indicated as dotted lines.

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