If you read my last blog you are familiar with the charming Gordon Van Tine bungalow no 517-B and if not click here to read that fun blog so this post will make more sense.
Like all kit home companies Gordon Van Tine would often renumber or rename their homes through out the years. The 517/517-B was first offered in their first ready cut catalog in 1916 as number 573.
Gordon Van Tine first offered this popular bungalow in 1916, several years after Sears offered their Hazelton model.
The number 573 is actually the same floorplan as the 517 that the Viets built in 1920.
A quick comparison of the 517/517-B shows the floor plan was identical with the exception of the side living room windows.
On one of my house hunting expeditions in Bartlesville Oklahoma a few years ago I found what I belive to be a Gordon Van Tine 573.
The build year of the Bartlesville Oklahoma house and this comparison with the Gordon Van Tine 573 suggests that is quite possibly the real deal.
My friend the Sanborn Map! I use the Sanborn Maps in Oklahoma quite often to help determine a build date because the assessors often don’t accurately report the correct date for a variety of reasons.
This is the June 1915 Sanborn Map and there is no house shown at 1101
In the January 1920 Sanborn Map we can see that the house has been built. Real estate sites report the build date as 1915. It is possible that it was built in late 1915 and the Gordon Van Tine catalog was probably issued in late 1915 anyway. The dates on the catalogs often have a few months variance. And, the date they (realtor and assessor) report might be off, that happens often.
See how it resembles the Sears Hazelton from the front just like the Viets bungalow in East Granby CT?
This view also leads me to suspect this is a Gordon Van Tine 573. Poor house needs some TLC.
The back view of this Bartlesville Oklahoma house even suggests it is a Gordon Van Tine number 573! Perfect! The back porch has been enclosed. Maybe they didn’t want the ‘ice box’ exposed to the elements 🙂
Just from my visual inspection of the exterior of the house in Bartlesville, Oklahoma I think it is likely a Gordon Van Tine 573. You have the evidence before you. What do you think?
To see a confirmed Gordon Van Tine 517/517-B which followed the 573 click here.
Do you have a bungalow resembling this in your neighborhood? If so email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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