Gordon Van Tine Number 515, A Ready-Cut Bungalow With Well Balanced Proportions and Unique Features

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!

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, 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.

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. Charles Dahl, a street conductor in West Allis Wisconsin, built this this bungalow for his wife and daughter and son sometime prior to 1916.

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 by adding that dormer.

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. Think of the time saved with this method.

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.

Per Charles Dahl’s testimony he purchased a furnace.

 

I wonder which he chose?

I wonder which he chose?

 

What else did this cut include?

What else did this kit include?

 

A craftsman door was included. This is from my 1916 building materials and millwork catalog from Gordon Van Tine.

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.

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.

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!

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 searshomes@yahoo.com let me know, I’d love to find another!

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About Rachel Shoemaker

I've been hooked on finding and or identifying mail order homes since 2008. I'm not picky, kit homes from Sears Modern Homes, Aladdin Ready Cut, Gordon Van Tine, Wardway Homes, all of the major companies as well as the popular pattern and plan book homes built from about 1900 and on. Could you be living in one of these homes? Send me an email: searshomes@yahoo.com
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3 Responses to Gordon Van Tine Number 515, A Ready-Cut Bungalow With Well Balanced Proportions and Unique Features

  1. a says:

    Are you going to give credit to the researcher who found this house years ago? Nice to steal the person’s research off the Wisconsin History site. Hypocrite.

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    • Haters are going to hate. I know who this is sending these harassing comments. FYI, I found this using a testimonial and researching the name as I have been doing for years. Remember, I taught YOU how to do this! I don’t search for historical societies addresses like you do. I’m not compiling a list like you are. I am sharing history.
      You are a coward hiding behind no name, a fake email address and you reroute your ip address. That says a lot about what kind of a person, or people, you “all” are.

      If anyone out there can figure out where this was rerouted from originally please let me know!

      More information about a
      IP: 167.114.102.230, ns510622.ip-167-114-102.net
      E-mail: dieinafire@aol.com
      URL:
      Whois: http://whois.arin.net/rest/ip/167.114.102.230

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