Two of the Earliest Aladdin Homes

A few months ago I wrote about one of the first Sears houses built in 1908.

Tonight I want to share with you a couple of the earliest Aladdin Homes built. They are not only the earliest Aladdin Homes but the earliest kit homes built! Probably not actually THE first but in the first to be erected.

The Aladdin Company in Bay City Michigan was the first to offer kit homes, actual ready cut kit homes. Aladdin began in 1906 and their buildings were pre-cut from day one, Gordon-Van Tine in 1907 but not pre-cut until 1916 and Sears in 1908 but not pre-cut until 1915.  Aladdin made sure that everyone knew they were first!

Aladdin made it known in their 1911 catalog that they were the original knock down houses and first on the market!

Aladdin made it known in their 1911 catalog that they were the original knock down houses and first on the market!

 

All of the catalog images in this blog are from the earliest Aladdin catalog in my collection, 1911. The early years are hard to come by!

A very rare Aladdin Houses  Spring 1911

A very rare Aladdin Houses Spring 1911 Catalog

 

What comes with an Aladdin House?

An Aladdin House at a Glance-What You Get

An Aladdin House at a Glance-What You Get

 

About the Aladdin lumber.

Ever wonder about the lumber used in a kit home?

Ever wonder about the lumber used in a kit home?

 

About The North American Construction Company-Aladdin Houses

About North American Construction Company-Aladdin Houses

About  The North American Construction Company-Aladdin Houses

 

An Aladdin House will last for generations. Yes, it will! I have found two Aladdin homes that were built in 1906. In my 1911 catalog there is a two page spread that features several testimonies. I was able to find one of the homes still standing! When I figured out where they were located I was pleased to find TWO of them side by side.

Wilcox Model M-2 in New Haven, Conn Built in 1906

Wilcox Style M-2 in New Haven, Conn
Built in 1906

 

Here is that Style M-2 today, 107 years later! The photo is from the New Haven assessor files.

Charles  Wilcox Aladdin M-2 at 91 Parker Pl in New Haven Ct.

Charlie Wilcox Aladdin M-2 at 91 Parker Pl in New Haven Ct.

 

It appears it has lasted for several generations just like they said an Aladdin house would!

According to the 1910 Census Charles Wilcox was a civil engineer for the telephone company. He was married to Julia and they had no children, yet. They were both 29.

Imagine my pleasant surprise to find this 1906 house right next door to the Wilcox’s!

ANOTHER Style M-2 at 95 Parker Pl in New Haven Conn.

ANOTHER Style M-2 at 95 Parker Pl in New Haven Conn.

 

You can see the Wilcox house on the right side. Here is a photo of the house on the left which shows the second house’s left side window arrangement.

Notice the windows of the  house on the right in this image and how they are the same as Wilcox's M-2

Notice the windows of the house on the right in this image and how they are the same as Wilcox’s M-2

 

The second house is at 95 Parker Pl. It was the home of Bertus Powers 36, his wife Elmira 35 and their 12 year old son Ralph. I’ll give you ONE GUESS where Bertus worked! That’s correct, he was an engineer at the telephone company as well! I’m betting that these two houses were ordered by the telephone company. Aladdin sold a lot of houses to companies for employee housing.

Here is the Style M-2 from my 1911 catalog. I think it might be the opposite side of Charles Wilcox’s house.

Aladdin 1911 Style M-2

Aladdin 1911 Style M-2.    Looks like the Wilcox porch roof has been altered or maybe replaced through the years doesn’t it?  The top of the chimney matches the Power’s M-2 chimney.  This might be the Power’s house as the catalog image.  :/

 

The interior of Style-M.  I wonder if I could get a current photo of that?  Wouldn't that be cool?

The interior of Style-M. I wonder if I could get a current photo of that? Wouldn’t that be cool?

 

The floorplan for the M-2

The floorplan for the M-2

 

What were Aladdin’s terms? Cash or credit? They made that very clear as well!

Terms, plain and simple. Cash with a 5% discount if paid in full upon order. You couldn't get yourself in debt with Aladdin!

Terms, plain and simple. Cash with a 5% discount if paid in full upon order. You couldn’t get yourself in debt with Aladdin!

 

Terms, plain and simple. Cash with a 5% discount if paid in full upon order. You couldn’t get yourself in debt with Aladdin! I like that. But, then again, I’m frugal.

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2 Responses to Two of the Earliest Aladdin Homes

  1. Dale Wolicki says:

    Early Aladdin Homes like this are almost impossible to identify because they were very plain and over the years they were remodeled. Driving down any street you can easily identify a stylish Pomona or a Brentwood, but an M-2? Nice work finding this Aladdin Homes!

  2. Lara says:

    Hey, Rachel, where did you get the 1906 date? Was that in the catalog?

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