My previous blog is the inspiration for this blog. Another “one thing leads to another” blog. Me and my quirky hobby.
Gordon Van Tine was a competitor of Sears and Aladdin in the early 1900’s. Gordon Van Tine began offering mail order homes in 1907, one year after Aladdin and one year before Sears, as a way to sell more lumber and merchandise.
Gordon Van Tine was located in Davenport, Iowa. This image is the back of the Gordon Van Tine 1916 Building Materials and Millwork catalog. Happy Fall!
You may have noticed in my previous blog, the little blurb above, a testimony, at the bottom of the catalog page. I use these testimonies to find kit homes. They tell a story, you just have to figure it out. For me, it’s like an adventure, a trip back in time. I love old houses! And, every house has a story.
I don’t have a build date confirmed but the testimony appears in the Gordon Van Tine 1916 ready Cut catalog and Charles was living in this house in 1916 per the West Allis city directory. There isn’t a city directory for 1915 that I can find.
Charles Dahl, a street conductor in West Allis Wisconsin, built this bungalow for his wife and daughter and son sometime prior to 1916 and I believe likely late 1915.
Charles Dahl chose a number 515. It looks like he customized his home adding more room to add a second floor utilizing the attic space by extending that dormer.
Let’s take a look at ‘what you get’ with the Gordon Van Tine 515.
Pre-cut and cut and fitted! That means you won’t need a saw. Plans and instructions too! Sounds simple enough. Think of the time saved with this method.
Per Charles Dahl’s testimony he purchased a furnace.
I wonder which he chose?
What else did this kit include?
A craftsman door was included in clear douglas fir. This is from my 1916 building materials and millwork catalog from Gordon Van Tine.
And, the Regal door hardware which is also seen in the building material and millwork catalog 1916.
Also seen in Gordon Van Tine millwork catalogs is the Mission Colonnade which is specified in the number 515 between the living room and the dining room.
That’s not a bad deal for that price! The lumber came cut and fitted so think about the time and labor saved. Everything else such as windows, doors, hardware, nails, millwork and paint was also included. Add the cement or masonry and plumbing fixtures as well as electric fixtures and the house total was around $1000.00. What a deal! Your lot is paid for add your sweat equity and another $1,000 and you come out way ahead!
I hope you have enjoyed this short but informative blog post. I just celebrated my 35th year high school reunion this weekend and I have to play for church services tomorrow so I sort of rushed through this post as it has been a busier than usual weekend.
Do you have a bungalow resembling this in your neighborhood? If so email me at firstname.lastname@example.org let me know, I’d love to find another!
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