Gordon Van Tine 198, A New Two-Family Plan

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A new two-family plan that can be built for the price of a single house. Build this house and live in one of the apartments and rent the other floor at a high enough price to pay interest on the entire investment.

the Gordon Van Tine 198 was a two family house first offered in 1914 as not ready cut. In 1916 it was offered in ready cut as model 530. It was discontinued by 1920. Thanks to a testimony of George Bucklew I was able to locate one in Toledo Ohio to share as an example.

The Gordon Van Tine 198 was a two family house first offered in 1914 as not ready cut. In 1916 it was offered in ready cut as model 530. It was discontinued by 1920.

 

Thanks to a testimony of George Bucklew I was able to locate one in Toledo Ohio to share as an example.

 

This is Mr Bucklew's flat in Toledo Ohio. Mr. Bucklew was a machinist and lived here with his wife and two daughters. It's likely that they rented the other unit or maybe extended family lived in the other apartment. It is in need of some TLC! And, yes, it is different than the testimony photo. I have no idea. A mix up at the office with testimonies and photos?

This is Mr Bucklew’s flat in Toledo Ohio. Mr. Bucklew was a machinist and lived here with his wife and two daughters. It’s likely that they rented the other unit or maybe extended family lived in the other apartment.

 

It is in need of some TLC! And, yes, it is different than the testimony photo. I have no idea. A mix up at the office with testimonies and photos?

 

Gordon Van Tine 198 in Toledo, Ohio.

Gordon Van Tine 198 in Toledo, Ohio.

 

To see a set of Gordon Van Tine blueprints click here!

If you know of a Gordon Van Tine 198 or any Gordon Van Tine or Sears home contact me through facebook or by email at searshomes@yahoo.com

To learn more about kit homes and meet other enthusiasts as well as home owners join us in the Sears Homes Group on facebook!

For more information on the Gordon Van Tine Company of Davenport, Iowa visit the website of Dale Wolicki , here.

My friend Rosemary Thornton has featured several Gordon Van Tine homes on her blog.

To see more Gordon Van Tine catalogs online  click here.

And, to see the  beautiful covers from Gordon Van Tine catalogs click here.

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Edwin Binkert’s Gordon Van Tine Barn #403 in Lake City, Iowa

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So, I have been featuring the homes of Gordon Van Tine Company out of Davenport, Iowa. In fact, the last thirteen blogs feature homes of Gordon Van Tine. Gordon Van Tine not only sold kit homes but they also sold farm buildings such as barns and corn cribs. The earliest Gordon Van Book of Plans published in 1907 even offered barn plans. Sears, as well as Aladdin, offered kit farm buildings. No one knows just how many farm buildings were sold, though, from any of the kit home catalog companies. Sears first offered farm buildings in their 1911/1912 catalog starting with just four barns. The Gordon Van Tine Company offered a larger selection of farm buildings including corn cribs, hog houses, implement sheds and barns. In fact, the 1909-1910 Gordon Van Tine catalog has ten pages of farm buildings including two round barns! I don’t have that catalog uploaded but I do have the Gordon Van Tine 1913 catalog uploaded on archive.org as well as flickr.

Thanks to Darcy Maulsby of Lake City, Iowa I have not only a beautiful Gordon Van Tine barn 403 to share but a story as well!

Check out the photos and let me know if you know where another Gordon Van Tine barn 403 might be.

With the information that Darcy shared with me and what I researched on ancestry I was able to piece together this story.

Our story begins with Peter and Wilhemina Binkert who immigrated to America, Wisconsin, from Switzerland in 1852. By 1990 the Binkerts had relocated to Jackson, Iowa. In this undated photo, courtesy of Darcy Maulsby, we see Peter and Wilhimina and 3 of their 7 children. Peter was a Civil War veteran while living in Wisconsin. Peter enlisted in Company D, Wisconsin 23rd Infantry Regiment on Aug. 12, 1862. He mustered out on Dec. 19, 1863.

Our story begins with Peter and Wilhemina Binkert who immigrated to America, (Wisconsin) from Switzerland in 1852. By 1990 the Binkerts had relocated to Jackson, Iowa. In this undated photo, courtesy of Darcy Maulsby, we see Peter and Wilhimina and 3 of their 7 children. Peter was a Civil War veteran while living in Wisconsin.

 

Peter enlisted in Company D, Wisconsin 23rd Infantry Regiment on Aug. 12, 1862. He mustered out on Dec. 19, 1863.

 

Wilhimina Binkert passed away in 1919 at the age of 76. Her husband, Peter, passed away in 1926 at the age of 88. Darcy, who is an author, tells me that a few of the Binkert’s daughters ran a boarding house in Lake City. The youngest of the seven Binkert children, Edwin, continued to farm.

In 1928 Edwin Binkert ordered a barn from the Gordon Van Tine Company in Davenport Iowa, just a short 250 miles east. Construction of the barn was completed by local carpenters on Aug. 16, 1928.

In 1928 Edwin Binkert ordered a barn from the Gordon Van Tine Company in Davenport Iowa, just a short 250 miles east. Construction of the barn was completed by local carpenters on Aug. 16, 1928. Photo courtesy of Darcy Maulsby.

 

When the barn arrived the neighbors got together and hauled the materials to the location of the farm. Upon completion in August of 1928 It must have looked something like this photo that Darcy Maulsby sent to me. I checked the 1930 census to see who the neighbors might be and discovered more Binkerts living nearby! After the completion of the barn a barn dance was held to celebrate.

When the barn arrived the neighbors got together and hauled the materials to the location of the farm. Upon completion in August of 1928 it must have looked something like this photo that Darcy Maulsby sent to me. I checked the 1930 census to see who the neighbors might be and discovered more Binkerts living nearby!

 

After the completion of the barn, a barn dance was held to celebrate.

 

Edwin Binkert chose barn 403. Here's barn 403 from my 1926 Farm Buildings catalog. Looks like a spot on match!

Edwin Binkert chose barn 403. Here’s barn 403 from my 1926 Farm Buildings catalog. Looks like a spot on match!

 

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This illustration from my 1926 farm Buildings catalog shows what was included with a Gordon Van Tine barn kit. Click on the image to see in full resolution

This illustration from my 1926 farm Buildings catalog shows what was included with a Gordon Van Tine barn kit.

 

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I've highlighted a few things to look for when identifying a Gordon Van Tine barn. Compare with the following pages from my Farm Buildings catalog.

I’ve highlighted a few things to look for when identifying a Gordon Van Tine barn. Compare with the following pages from my Farm Buildings catalog.

 

Looks like hay door number 2 is a match to Edwin's barn 403. Shipped built and ready to hang.

Looks like hay door number 2 is a match to Edwin’s barn 403. Shipped built and ready to hang.

 

All doors are built and ready to hang with finest door hardware.

All doors are built and ready to hang with the finest door hardware.

 

Another detail to look for is the barn board pattern. Barn 403 specifies for 1x6 drop siding and if you noticed, the Binkert barn is built of horizontal 1x6 drop siding.

Another detail to look for is the barn board pattern. Barn 403 specifies for 1×6 drop siding and if you noticed, the Binkert barn is built of horizontal 1×6 drop siding.

 

Gordon Van Tine barn 403 was a “standard” barn. Materials included with a “standard” barn are described on this page.

 

And for those of you who are like me and want to see the construction in a little more detail... Click on the image to see in fuill resolution.

And for those of you who are like me and want to see the construction in a little more detail…

 

Click on the image to see in full resolution.

 

And the reason i was so drawn to this barn! What a pretty picture. It's hard to beat a pretty red barn in fresh fallen snow with a bright blue sky! True Americana right here. And to think, this barn was built by Swedish immigrants. Nothing says America better! Thanks to Darcy Maulsby for allowing me the use of this beautiful photo that she stopped to take in February 2012. Simply gorgeous! On a sad note, Darcy tells me this barn was seriously damaged by a windstorm a couple of years ago and was razed. But, hopefully sharing this wonderful barn and story we will find more! I wouldn't be surprsied to find more Gordon Van Tine barns on Iowa farms especially.

And the reason I was so drawn to this barn! What a pretty picture. It’s hard to beat a pretty red barn in fresh fallen snow with a bright blue sky! True Americana right here. And to think, this barn was built by  immigrants. Nothing says America better! Thanks to Darcy Maulsby for allowing me the use of this beautiful photo that she stopped to take in February 2012. Simply gorgeous!

 

On a sad note, Darcy tells me this barn was seriously damaged by a windstorm a couple of years ago and was razed. But, hopefully sharing this wonderful barn and story we will find more! I wouldn’t be surprsied to find more Gordon Van Tine barns on Iowa farms especially.

 

How much did a kit barn sell for you ask? Well, that depends on the size, they came in a variety of sizes and heights. In the lower left corner of this 1926 price sheet you can get an idea of what a barn 403 would cost in 1926. The price didn't include concrete or any masonry, bricks, stones, etc and of course...labor. Darcy tells me that Ed Binkert hired local carpenters, Harry Betenbender and Harry Yetter, and that information came from an inscription on the interior wall of the barn.

How much did a kit barn sell for you ask? Well, that depends on the size, they came in a variety of sizes and heights. In the lower left corner of this 1926 price sheet you can get an idea of what a barn 403 would cost in 1926. The price didn’t include concrete or any masonry, bricks, stones, etc and of course…labor. Darcy tells me that Ed Binkert hired local carpenters, Harry Betenbender and Harry Yetter, and that information came from an inscription on the interior wall of the barn.

 

Our final image. The Binkert farm. In the far right you can see Gordon Van Tine barn #403. My research on ancestry and using census reports tell me that Edwin and his sisters Minnie, Nettie, Ida and Lillie all lived here. None ever married. Also confirmed by Darcy.

Our final image, also courtesy of Darcy Maulsby.  The Binkert farm. In the far right you can see Gordon Van Tine barn #403.

 

My research on ancestry and using census reports tell me that Edwin and his sisters Minnie, Nettie, Ida and Lillie all lived here. None ever married. Also confirmed by Darcy.

 

You can enlarge the photo by clicking on the image.

 

A very special thanks to Darcy Maulsby for sharing the many photos and information. Please visit Darcy’s website by clicking here.  The Binkert barn is featured in Darcy’s book Calhoun County which can be purchased here.

To see a set of Gordon Van Tine blueprints click here!

If you know of a Gordon Van Tine barn or a Gordon Van Tine home contact me through facebook or by email at searshomes@yahoo.com

To learn more about kit homes and meet other enthusiasts as well as home owners join us in the Sears Homes Group on facebook!

For more information on the Gordon Van Tine Company of Davenport, Iowa visit the website of Dale Wolicki , here.

My friend Rosemary Thornton has featured several Gordon Van Tine homes on her blog.

To see more Gordon Van Tine catalogs online  click here.

And, to see the  beautiful covers from Gordon Van Tine catalogs click here.

Come back for my next blog to see the Gordon Van Tine 198, a two family dwelling.

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Gordon Van Tine 634, Many Conveniences Featured in This Home

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The great popularity of this home is well merited. The exterior appearance is so different from the ordinary small home that it stands out, a striking expression of individuality, in any community. The unusual roof treatment with the dormer and battered gables, balanced by the porch roof and the roof over the dining room projection contributes much to the charm of this home. The colonial windows and the quaint latticed porch help to carry out the general air of hospitality so noticeable in this design.

Let’s have a look at two examples I found in Chatham, New Jersey!

The Gordon Van Tine 634 was first offered in 1920 as the 588, in 1926 it was renumbered to 634. In 1928 it was renamed the Dallas and it was also the last year it was offered.

The Gordon Van Tine 634 was first offered in 1920 as the 588, in 1926 it was renumbered to 634. In 1928 it was renamed the Dallas and it was also the last year it was offered.

 

These two Gordon Van Tine 634's are across the street from each other in Chatham,New Jersey.

These two Gordon Van Tine 634’s are across the street from each other in Chatham, New Jersey.

 

Gordon Van Tine manufactured kits for Wardway Homes at this time and as a result Wardway Homes offered this same model. They called their's the Claremont.

Gordon Van Tine manufactured kits for Wardway Homes at this time and as a result Wardway Homes offered this same model. They called their’s the Claremont.

 

 

To see a set of Gordon Van Tine blueprints click here!

If you know of a Gordon Van Tine 634 or ANY Gordon Van Tine home contact me through facebook or by email at searshomes@yahoo.com

To learn more about kit homes and meet other enthusiasts as well as home owners join us in the Sears Homes Group on facebook!

For more information on the Gordon Van Tine Company of Davenport, Iowa visit the website of Dale Wolicki , here.

My friend Rosemary Thornton has featured several Gordon Van Tine homes on her blog.

To see more Gordon Van Tine catalogs online  click here.

And, to see the  beautiful covers from Gordon Van Tine catalogs click here.

Come back for my next blog to see a Gordon Van Tine barn!

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A Model Five Room Bungalow, Gordon Van Tine 522

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Lost in Hooker, Oklahoma, a model five room bungalow from Gordon Van Tine!

“After building this house, Mrs. Rose Wright of Hooker, Oklahoma, wrote to us: ‘I am very thankful to the Gordon Van Tine Company for giving me the opportunity of getting a beautifully arranged and splendidly built home’.”

I can’t find this house anywhere. And boy have I looked! I did find another Gordon Van Tine house while searching, but no Gordon Van Tine 522.

It was this Gordon Van Tine 1926 catalog page that sent me on the hunt for a model five room bungalow in Hooker, Oklahoma. I can find Rose Wright and her son living in Hooker on the 1930 census but no specific location or address. I'm not surprised, Hooker being a rural town in the Oklahoma panhandle. However, I did find the Gordon van Tine 522 built by Richard Muth in Omaha Nebraska.

It was this Gordon Van Tine 1926 catalog page that sent me on the hunt for a model five room bungalow in Hooker, Oklahoma. I can find Rose Wright and her husband Charles Herferd and Rose’s son, Howard,  living in Hooker on the 1910 census but no specific location or address. I’m not surprised, Hooker being a rural town in the Oklahoma panhandle.

 

However, I did find the Gordon van Tine 522 built by Richard Muth in Omaha Nebraska. You can see his testimony in the lower right corner above “Everything was satisfactory”.

 

Richard and Alma Muth built this Gordon Van Tine 522 in Omaha, Nebraska in 1922. Richard was a machinist. AS he states in his testimony they chose stucco siding.

Richard and Alma Muth built this Gordon Van Tine 522 in Omaha, Nebraska in 1922. Richard was a machinist. As he states in his testimony,  they chose stucco siding.

 

Several of the Gordon Van Tine homes have a cased opening specified in the plans. as does the 522. The cased opening is shown in the upper left corner of this page from my 1920 catalog.

Several of the Gordon Van Tine homes have a cased opening specified in the plans, as does the 522.

 

The cased opening is shown in the upper left corner of this page from my 1920 catalog. The linen closet, also specified,  can be seen in the lower right corner.

 

Oddly enough I was able to retrieve interior images from a real estate listing several years ago. This is a great example of the cased opening seen in Gordon Van Tine homes.

Oddly enough I was able to retrieve interior images from a real estate listing several years ago. This is a great example of the cased opening seen in Gordon Van Tine homes.

 

The kitchen case "D" is specified for the Gordon Van Tine 522. It can be seen in the upper left corner of this page from my 1920 catalog. The original kitchen has been replaced so we'll just have to imagine this time.

The kitchen case “D” is specified for the Gordon Van Tine 522. It can be seen in the upper left corner of this page from my 1920 catalog. The original kitchen has been replaced so we’ll just have to imagine this time.

 

Gordon Van Tine first offered this bungalow in 1916 as ready cut number 540 and not ready cut number 314. In 1919 it was renamed ready cut 2540, not ready cut 1314 and in 1920 renamed 522. In 1931 it became the Clifton and by the last offering in 1935 it was renamed the Norton as seen in this catalog image from my 1935 catalog.

Gordon Van Tine first offered this bungalow in 1916 as ready cut number 540 and not ready cut number 314. In 1919 it was renamed ready cut 2540, not ready cut 1314 and in 1920 renamed 522. In 1931 it became the Clifton and by the last offering in 1935 it was renamed the Norton as seen in this catalog image from my 1935 catalog.

 

To see a set of Gordon Van Tine blueprints click here!

If you know of a Gordon Van Tine 522 or ANY Gordon Van Tine home contact me through facebook or by email at searshomes@yahoo.com

To learn more about kit homes and meet other enthusiasts as well as home owners join us in the Sears Homes Group on facebook!

For more information on the Gordon Van Tine Company of Davenport, Iowa visit the website of Dale Wolicki , here.

My friend Rosemary Thornton has featured several Gordon Van Tine homes on her blog.

To see more Gordon Van Tine catalogs online  click here.

And, to see the  beautiful covers from Gordon Van Tine catalogs click here.

Come back for my next blog to see the Gordon Van Tine 634.

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Gordon Van Tine 603, A Typical Colonial Home With Sun Porch

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The Gordon Van Tine 603 is an example of distinction in the practical residence. I have two examples to share in this blog.

This Gordon Van Tine home was first offered in the first ready cut catalog in 1916 as model number 564. It would be offered in not ready cut in 1921 as Number 717. In 1923 it was offered as ready cut and the number changed to 603. In 1928 Gordon Van Tine changed from numbers to names and it became the Montclair until 1931. In 1932 the name was changed yet again to the Peyton and it was discontinued after 1936. Having been offered for 10 years I am sure there are several lurking out there just waiting to be discovered!

This Gordon Van Tine home was first offered in the first ready cut catalog in 1916 as model number 564. It would be offered in not ready cut in 1921 as Number 717. In 1923 it was offered as ready cut and the number changed to 603. In 1928 Gordon Van Tine changed from numbers to names and it became the Montclair until 1931. In 1932 the name was changed yet again to the Peyton and it was discontinued after 1936. Having been offered for 10 years I am sure there are several lurking out there just waiting to be discovered!

 

Click on the catalog image from my 1926 Gordon Van Tine Homes catalog to view in full resolution.

 

I found this Gordon Van Tine 603 in Dixon Illinois several years ago.

I found this Gordon Van Tine 603 in Dixon Illinois several years ago.

 

And here is that signature linen closet that I came to recognize! Or, is that just my knee jerk reaction? LOL I was able to find a real estate listing later and seeing the inside sealed the deal!

And here is that signature linen closet that I came to recognize! Or, is that just my knee jerk reaction? LOL

 

I was able to find a real estate listing later and seeing the inside sealed the deal!

 

Many of the Gordon Van models call for a linen closet. The specifications and the plan show that the 603 has a linen closet. Here is an example of that linen closet from my 1924 catalog.

Many of the Gordon Van models call for a linen closet. The specifications and the plan show that the 603 has a linen closet. Here is an example of that linen closet from my 1924 catalog.

 

 The Gordon Van Tine 603 included kitchen case

The Gordon Van Tine 603 included kitchen case “C”. You can see the components of the kitchen case “C” in this
1924 Gordon Van Tine catalog.

 

Thanks to that real estate listing we get a good look at an intact Gordon Van Tine kitchen case

Thanks to that real estate listing we get a good look at an intact Gordon Van Tine kitchen case “C’! How about that!

 

It's always nice when we can see the back view and thanks to the real estate listing we have a great view of the back of a Gordon Van Tine 603!

It’s always nice when we can see the back view and thanks to the real estate listing we have a great view of the back of a Gordon Van Tine 603!

 

This Gordon Van Tine 603 is across the street from the Gordon Van Tine 639 in Chatham New Jersey. We saw it a few days ago.

This Gordon Van Tine 603 is across the street from the Gordon Van Tine 639 in Chatham New Jersey. We saw it a few days ago.

 

To see a set of Gordon Van Tine blueprints click here!

If you know of a Gordon Van Tine 603 or ANY Gordon Van Tine home contact me through facebook or by email at searshomes@yahoo.com

To learn more about kit homes and meet other enthusiasts as well as home owners join us in the Sears Homes Group on facebook!

For more information on the Gordon Van Tine Company of Davenport, Iowa visit the website of Dale Wolicki , here.

My friend Rosemary Thornton has featured several Gordon Van Tine homes on her blog.

To see more Gordon Van Tine catalogs online  click here.

And, to see the  beautiful covers from Gordon Van Tine catalogs click here.

Come back for my next blog to see the Gordon Van Tine 522.

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Unusually Well Planned Craftsman Bungalow, Gordon Van Tine 611

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May 25, 1925 was an exciting day for a poultry farmer from Schenectady, New York. After contemplating for many months and taking into consideration arguments both for and against these types of (kit/machine cut) houses, H.E. Chesebro decided on a plan cut home from Gordon Van Tine Company of Davenport Iowa. On this day, May 25, his house arrived packed in convenient bundles, pre-cut and ready to assemble per the blueprints and lucid instructions which were included.

Mr Chesebro, owner of Hillview Poultry Farm in Schnectady, New York decided that the craftsman style bungalow, number 611, was most suitable for his needs. Click on the image to see the plan in full resolution

Mr Chesebro, owner of Hillview Poultry Farm in Schnectady, New York decided that the craftsman style bungalow, number 611, was most suitable for his needs. The number 611 was renamed in 1928 to the Redwood. Gordon Van Tine offered this craftsman bungalow from 1923-1931.

 

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Mr HE Chesebro was so pleased with his completed bungalow that he not only sent in a testimony but photographs of the outside and the inside as well! He explains that with the help of a carpenter, who he paid $500, the house was ready to move in on September 1st. If they had to saw the lumber themselves imagine the time it would have taken. I imagine that Mr. Chesebro was plenty busy with farm duties as it was!

Mr HE Chesebro was so pleased with his completed bungalow that he not only sent in a testimony but photographs of the outside and the inside as well! Mr Chesebro had been a photographer previously.   He explains that with the help of a carpenter, who he paid $500, the house was ready to move in on September 1st. If they had to saw the lumber themselves imagine the time it would have taken. I imagine that Mr. Chesebro was plenty busy with farm duties as it was!

 

And, here it is! What a handsome craftsman bungalow! Looks to be original with the exception of the enclosed porch.

And, here it is! What a handsome craftsman bungalow! Looks to be original with the exception of the enclosed porch.

 

Howard and his wife Mildred and their daughter Myrtle lived here however, they divorced by 1940 and Mildred moved on and his new wife Margery moved in.

Howard and his wife Mildred and their daughter Myrtle lived here however, they divorced by 1940 and Mildred moved on and his new wife Margery moved in.

 

Many of the Gordon Van models call for a linen closet. The specifications and the plan show that the 611 has a linen closet. Here is an example of that linen closet from my 1924 catalog.

Many of the Gordon Van models call for a linen closet. The specifications and the plan show that the 611 has a linen closet. Here is an example of that linen closet from my 1924 catalog.

 

This 1924 catalog page shows an example of kitchen case style D in the left corner. This style kitchen case was included with the Gordon Van Tine number 611.

This 1924 catalog page shows an example of kitchen case style D in the left corner. This style kitchen case was included with the Gordon Van Tine number 611.

 

The Gordon Van Tine 611 was first offered in 1923. In 1928 it was renamed the Redwood and it was discontinued in 1931

The Gordon Van Tine 611 was first offered in 1923. In 1928 it was renamed the Redwood and it was discontinued in 1931

 

Gordon Van Tine was supplying the materials for Montgomery Wards homes, Wardway Homes. Wardway Homes had a model like the 611 aka Redwood. Wardway's Dresden was offered 1924-1929 and then renamed the Webster and discontinued in 1931.

Gordon Van Tine was supplying the materials for Montgomery Wards homes, Wardway Homes. Wardway Homes had a model like the 611 aka Redwood. Wardway’s Dresden was offered 1924-1929 and then renamed the Webster and discontinued in 1931.

 

To see a set of Gordon Van Tine blueprints click here!

If you know of a Gordon Van Tine 611 aka Redwood or the Wardway Dresden aka Webster  or ANY Gordon Van Tine home contact me through facebook or by email at searshomes@yahoo.com

To learn more about kit homes and meet other enthusiasts as well as home owners join us in the Sears Homes Group on facebook!

For more information on the Gordon Van Tine Company of Davenport, Iowa visit the website of Dale Wolicki , here.

My friend Rosemary Thornton has featured several Gordon Van Tine homes on her blog.

To see more Gordon Van Tine catalogs online  click here.

And, to see the  beautiful covers from Gordon Van Tine catalogs click here.

Come back for my next blog to see the Gordon Van Tine 603.

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Gordon Van Tine 539, An Inexpensive Home of Good Appearance

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Brought to you from Gordon Van Tine of Davenport Iowa we have an inexpensive home of good appearance. Gordon Van Tine began offering home plans in 1907, a year prior to Sears. To learn all about the Gordon Van Tine Company check out the website of Dale Wolicki.

The Gordon Van Tine 539 was first offered in 1917 as the model numbers shown in this 1917 catalog image. It was offered in two second floor plans and both ready cut or not ready cut.

The Gordon Van Tine 539 was first offered in 1917 as the model numbers shown in this 1917 catalog image. It was offered in two second floor plans and both ready cut or not ready cut.

 

This Gordon Van Tine 539 was shared by the home owner. I can't help but wonder if that tree was planted there on purpose? Perfect!

This Gordon Van Tine 539 was shared by the home owner. I can’t help but wonder if that tree was planted there on purpose? Perfect!

 

This Gordon Van Tine 539 was built in 1929, according to the assessor, in Vienna, New Jersey. Image is property of the homeowner and may not be reproduced.

This Gordon Van Tine 539 was built in 1929, according to the assessor, in Vienna, New Jersey. Image is property of the homeowner and may not be reproduced.

 

I was told that the house was originally thought to be from Sears which she could never find an exact match. Then, she came across stenciled lumber with the Gordon Van Tine name and the buyer. With this info she was able to easily identify her house as a Gordon Van Tine 539! This actually happens quite often.

I was told that the house was originally thought to be from Sears which she could never find an exact match. Then, she came across stenciled lumber with the Gordon Van Tine name and the buyer. With this info she was able to easily identify her house as a Gordon Van Tine 539! This actually happens quite often. Image is property of the homeowner and may not be reproduced.

 

The homeowner found the name Enos Harris stenciled on the lumber in this Viennes, New Jersey home. I found that Enos Harris was a farmer and a carpenter so he likely built this house himself. Or, maybe after he built this house he decided was a carpenter! Either way, he did a great job! It's a beautiful home.

The homeowner found the name Enos Harris stenciled on the lumber in this Viennes, New Jersey home. I found that Enos Harris was a farmer and a carpenter so he likely built this house himself. Or, maybe after he built this house he decided he  was a carpenter! Either way, he did a great job! It’s a beautiful home. Images of this beautiful home are the property of the homeowner and may not be reproduced.

 

The newel post commonly found in Gordon Van Tine kit homes.

The newel post commonly found in Gordon Van Tine kit homes.

 

Most Gordon Van Tine homes came with this linen closet.

Most Gordon Van Tine homes came with this linen closet.

 

Many of the Gordon Van models call for a linen closet. The specifications and the plan show that the 539 has a linen closet in the upstairs hall. Here is an example of that linen closet from my 1924 catalog.

Many of the Gordon Van models call for a linen closet. The specifications and the plan show that the 539 has a linen closet in the upstairs hall. Here is an example of that linen closet from my 1924 catalog.

 

The number 554 came with a built in linen closet in the upstairs hall.

The number 554 came with a built in linen closet in the upstairs hall. As seen in the Gordon Van Tine 554 in Atoka Oklahoma

 

 

The Gordon Van Tine 539 in Vienna, New Jersey is ready for Christmas! This image is property of the home owner and may not be reproduced.

The Gordon Van Tine 539 in Vienna, New Jersey is ready for Christmas! This image is property of the home owner and may not be reproduced.

 

I love this porch! I love that it has not been finished in. I would much rather have this as a porch. I just love it! This image is also property of the home owner and may not be reproduced.

I love this porch! I love that it has not been finished in. I would much rather have this as a porch than as a room. I just love it! This image is also property of the home owner and may not be reproduced.

 

In 1928 Gordon Van Tine changed from model numbers to model names and the 539 was renamed the Marion. The Marion was last offered in 1930 as seen here in this catalog image from my Gordon Van Tine Book Of Homes 1930.

In 1928 Gordon Van Tine changed from model numbers to model names and the 539 was renamed the Marion. The Marion was last offered in 1930 as seen here in this catalog image from my Gordon Van Tine Book Of Homes 1930.

 

 This Gordon Van Tine 539 is located in Belvidere, New Jersey and was shared with me by the homeowner of the Vienna New Jersey home. This image may not be reproduced.

This Gordon Van Tine 539 is located in Belvidere, New Jersey and was shared with me by the homeowner of the Vienna New Jersey home. This image may not be reproduced.

 

This Gordon Van Tine 539 is in Chatham, New Jersey.

This Gordon Van Tine 539 is in Chatham, New Jersey.

 

To see a set of Gordon Van Tine blueprints click here!

If you know of a Gordon Van Tine 539 or ANY Gordon Van Tine home contact me through facebook or by email at searshomes@yahoo.com

To learn more about kit homes and meet other enthusiasts as well as home owners join us in the Sears Homes Group on facebook!

For more information on the Gordon Van Tine Company of Davenport, Iowa visit the website of Dale Wolicki , here.

My friend Rosemary Thornton has featured several Gordon Van Tine homes on her blog.

To see more Gordon Van Tine catalogs online  click here.

And, to see the  beautiful covers from Gordon Van Tine catalogs click here.

Come back for my next blog to see the Gordon Van Tine 611.

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Gordon Van Tine 121, Distinctly Out of the Ordinary

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This plan is distinctly out of the ordinary, and shows good taste in every line. When built it is one of the most attractive houses imaginable outside and in. Many architects have attempted houses of this general plan, but we have not found one to equal plan number 121.

Gordon Van Tine 1913 catalog,  121

The Gordon Van Tine 121 was offered 1910-1916 as a “Standard Home” , not ready-cut.

 

This beautiful color rendering is from my Gordon Van Tine Book of Building Plans 1913.

 

George H Woolman Gordon Van Tine 121 Testimony

George Henry Woolman built this Gordon Van Tine 121 on his Nebraska farm in 1912. George and his wife, Myrtle Elizabeth, had six children.

 

Cornelius Dyer Gordon Van Tine 121 in Champaign Illinois

Cornelius Dyer was a real estate investor, amongst other things.  This Gordon Van Tine was likely built as rental property or to resell in Champaign, Illinois. Mark Hardin has been helping me see what we can find out about Cornelius and his investments. Cornelius had a stroke in 1916 and passed away in 1918. His wife, Elizabeth, lived another 30 years.

 

A very special thanks to Sears Homes group member Joshua Ratts for taking a quick photo for me today!

 

Gordon Van Tine 121 on Park Ave

This Gordon Van Tine 121 was serendipity! I was looking for Cornelius Dyer’s home and actually found this one first and realized it was reversed. It’s just a couple of blocks from the other 121. I wonder if Cornelius built two of them? We haven’t found a connection yet other than they are both located in what was Dyers Addition in 1913 . To the right is a Harris Brothers 1512 and across the street I noticed a Sears Argyle. And, I found other kit homes in this neighborhood.

 

Thanks to Joshua Ratts for taking this photo today as well!

 

Gordon Van Tine AL Yearous 121 in Eagle Grove, Iowa

Albin and Anna Yearous built a Gordon Van Tine 121 in Eagle Grove, Iowa where they were merchants, A. L. Yearous Hardware & Sporting.

 

To see a set of Gordon Van Tine blueprints click here!

If you know of a Gordon Van Tine 121 contact me through facebook or by email at searshomes@yahoo.com

To learn more about kit homes and meet other enthusiasts as well as home owners join us in the Sears Homes Group on facebook!

For more information on the Gordon Van Tine Company of Davenport, Iowa visit the website of Dale Wolicki here.

My friend Rosemary Thornton has featured several Gordon Van Tine homes on her blog.

To see more Gordon Van Tine catalogs online  click here.

And, to see the  beautiful covers from Gordon Van Tine catalogs click here.

Come back for my next blog to see the Gordon Van Tine  539 aka Marion.

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Gordon Van Tine 131, A Beautiful Brick and Stucco Home

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Within the life of every man and woman a time arrives when they desire to throw off the yoke of the renter’s lot, and a longing springs into existence for the comforts and satisfaction of a home of their own.   Then they suddenly manifest an interest never known before in all new houses built or in process of building in their immediate vicinity.

A modern brick and stucco home could be built with Gordon Van Tine plan number 131 for $3,499 in 1910. Price does not include heating, plumbing and electrical and of course, your lot or property.

Gordon Van Tine 1910-1911 number 131

The Gordon Van Tine 131 was first offered in 1910-1911 in the Gordon Van Tine Grand Book of Plans for Everybody

 

Gordon Van Tine 1913 number 131

With the help of a testimony in my 1913 Gordon Van Tine Book of Building Plans I was able to locate a number 131 for an example!

 

William Albert Wurster and his wife Elizabeth built this 131 in Portsmouth Ohio in 1911.   Albert was the secretary/treasurer of the Tracy Shoe Company.

 

Tracy Shoe Company c 1900

Image credit: Andrew Lee Feight, Ph.D., “Tracy Shoe Company on Second Street (c. 1900).,” Scioto Historical, accessed December 13, 2016

 

This building still stands today.

 

Gordon Van Tine 131 Right Back in Portsmouth Ohio

We can get a good view of this Gordon Van Tine because most of the houses surrounding this house are now gone. You might be wondering what that is all about, the stairs and all. It is now home of the James K Marsh House, a counseling center.

 

Gordon Van Tine 131 Portsmouth Ohio

The left side of the Gordon Van Tine 131 in Portsmouth Ohio.  The 131 was discontinued sometime before 1915.

 

To see a set of Gordon Van Tine blueprints click here!

If you know of a Gordon Van Tine 131 (1910-1915) contact me through facebook or by email at searshomes@yahoo.com

To learn more about kit homes and meet other enthusiasts as well as home owners join us in the Sears Homes Group on facebook!

For more information on the Gordon Van Tine Company of Davenport, Iowa visit the website of Dale Wolicki here.

My friend Rosemary Thornton has featured several Gordon Van Tine homes on her blog.

To see more Gordon Van Tine catalogs online  click here.

And, to see the  beautiful covers from Gordon Van Tine catalogs click here.

Come back for my next blog to see four distinctly out of the ordinary homes, the Gordon Van Tine 121!

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Gordon Van Tine – The Arlington, One Cannot Resist A Second Glance at this Home!

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The Gordon Van Tine Arlington is a model we haven’t seen much of, not yet. This English Tudor model was offered 1932-1937. Thanks to a blog reader I have one to share!

The Arlington, Gordon Van Tine 1935 catalog.

The Arlington, Gordon Van Tine 1935 catalog.

 

Gordon Van Tine Arlington in South Dakota

This Gordon Van Tine Arlington was the home of a school superintendent and his family of five. It is located in South Dakota. The homeowner has asked that I not share the exact location of his home.

 

Gordon Van Tine Arlington Front Door

This Gordon Van Tine Arlington has retained the original slab door and the diamond mullion windows which have an iridescent appearance. Beautiful!

 

Gordon Van Tine Arlington Vestibule

View of the slab door through the arch in to the front vestibule.

 

Gordon Van Tine Arlington Living Room

View of the living room in the Gordon Van Tine Arlington.

 

Gordon Van Tine Arlington, Left

Left side of the Gordon Van Tine Arlington.

 

Gordon Van Tine Arlington, Right Side

Right side of the Gordon Van Tine Arlington

 

Gordon Van Tine Arlington, Back

Rear view of the Gordon Van Tine Arlington.

 

The Arlington, Gordon Van Tine 1935 catalog.

Thanks to the blog reader in South Dakota for sharing his Gordon Van Tine Arlington!  If you know of a Gordon Van Tine Arlington please leave me a comment or send me an email at searshomes@yahoo.com

 

To see a set of Gordon Van Tine blueprints click here!

If you know of a Gordon Van Tine Arlington contact me through facebook or by email at searshomes@yahoo.com

To learn more about kit homes and meet other enthusiasts as well as home owners join us in the Sears Homes Group on facebook!

For more information on the Gordon Van Tine Company of Davenport, Iowa visit the website of Dale Wolicki here.

My friend Rosemary Thornton has featured several Gordon Van Tine homes on her blog.

To see more Gordon Van Tine catalogs online  click here.

And, to see the  beautiful covers from Gordon Van Tine catalogs click here.

Come back for my next blog to see an early and rare Gordon Van Tine model, the 131.

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