I had hoped to continue with at least one more blog yesterday featuring three more homes from the 1942 Van Tine System brochure making it half of them located but I am one short, well…actually I do have it but it’s a bad aerial shot only. Most of what is left is either rural, farm or MIA. I had hoped to locate all twenty and my goal was at least half. At least I have met my goal for that brochure. However, I’ll keep looking and hopefully report back with more!
I have spent HOURS looking for those houses and I am frustrated. So, I’m sharing an easy one in this blog. I hope you don’t mind.
Another Gordon Van Tine home, first offered in 1919 as far as I can tell from my personal collection, model 605 (aka 703) was an ‘exceptionally well planned suburban home’. And for Martin O Brown and his wife Lena I would say they agreed! The Browns were native to Chicago and chose to build their Gordon Van Tine home in the metropolitan area of Chicago, Crystal Lake Illinois.
The Browns had three children, two daughters and one son. Martin was a railway conductor. Maybe he had inspected several loads of Gordon Van Tine lumber while working and was impressed with the quality of their lumber and millwork!
The Gordon Van Tine 605 was a very unique home, very distinctive! It was offered for about ten years so I am sure there are a lot more out there. Maybe there’s one in your neighborhood?
Did you see the testimony at the bottom of the page? Come back tomorrow and I’ll tell you what that house in my next blog!
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