Way out west of Tulsa on a hill on W. 41 st Street is the most beautiful Gordon Van Tine #158 ! There are not but a few of this model known at this time and how cool that one of them is right here in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Gordon Van Tine No 158 at 6210 W 41st Str
Now compare with the catalog image of the number 158 from my 1913 Gordon Van Tine catalog. The porch has been enclosed and like I have said before, that is very common.
1913 Gordon Van Tine No 158
The UN Roberts Company started as a sawmill in 1866 in Davenport, Ia. Uriah Roberts became a major supplier for lumber yards as folks moved west. Uriah Roberts died Sept 7 1866. His brother-in-law, Uriah Rorabeck, took charge until the family acquired the remaining shares of stock over the next few years. By 1906 sons Edward Roberts and his younger brother Horace were a part of the company. The sawmill offered its first mill work and building materials catalog. In 1907 Gordon Van Tine was formed. I have researched the family some but there is a website with that information if you are interested. It is very interesting, check it out www.gordonvantine.com
In the meantime here is a page out of one of my catalogs that shows the location of the mills and the areas each mill served.
1919 Gordon Van Tine Farm Buildings catalog
As you can see we, Oklahoma, were close to two Gordon Van Tine mills. Gordon Van Tine provided the lumber for Wardway and both GVT and Wardway homes often used Radford plans for their kits. Finding Gordon Van Tine or Wardway homes in Oklahoma doesn’t surprise me in the least bit! Do you know where a Gordon Van Tine or Wardway home is? Send me a message. I have found a few here and there but I will check my findings and if it’s not in my findings I’ll sure look into it! I have a large collection of GVT catalogs, kit homes, mill work and even barn/farm buildings and I would love to help you identify your house.