This Is a Universal Favorite…Gordon Van Tine 502

If you read my last blog you may have noticed the box in the bottom right column that contains a testimonial and it even has an address.

This testimony is from the 1926 Gordon Van Tine catalog image of the 605, bottom right column.

This testimony is from the 1926 Gordon Van Tine catalog image of the 605, bottom right column.

 

If you go to that address, 1727 Loma Str in Santa Barbara, Ca you find this house. That's not a #605 is it? What did John C Penn build in 1923?

If you go to that address, 1727 Loma Str in Santa Barbara, Ca,  you find this house.
That’s not a #605 is it? What did John C Penn build in 1923?

 

John C Penn, a painter, built a Gordon Van Tine #502 in 1923 at 1727 Loma Str in Santa Barbara, Ca.

John C Penn, a painter in a shipyard, built a Gordon Van Tine #502 in 1923 at 1727 Loma Str in Santa Barbara, Ca.

 

And, it looks like he modified it on this side by extending the living room. You can see the dining room bump out behind that extended area.

And, it looks like he modified it on this side by extending the living room. You can see the dining room bump out behind that extended area.

 

John’s time in this ‘universal favorite’ was short. John and his wife Elsie moved to Long Beach  in 1926. By 1927 the hipped roof bungalow was the residence of the manager of California Tire Company Peyton B Moore and his wife Katherine. Emma Kilburn, a widow, lived with the Moore’s as well. By 1929 Norman E Marsh, an engineer, and his wife Niargua W, a teacher, were the occupants. The universal favorite had many other owners or occupants in the following years.  But, that’s not what this is all about!  How about some more examples of the Gordon Van Tine 502?

Charles G Kaiser and his wife Pauline immigrated from Germany in 1912. Charles owned a butcher shop. They lived in this Gordon Van Tine in Easton Pa.

Charles G Kaiser and his wife Pauline immigrated from Germany in 1912. Charles owned a butcher shop. They lived in this Gordon Van Tine in Easton Pa.

 

it helps to see the back of kit homes that are the real deal. So, for future reference here is the back of the Kaiser's Gordon van Tine 502 in Easton, Pa.

it helps to see the back of kit homes that are the real deal. So, for future reference here is the back of the Kaiser’s Gordon van Tine 502 in Easton, Pa.

 

This testimony for a Gordon Van Tine from Charles Kaiser in Easton Pa is from one of the Proof of the Pudding catalogs.

This testimony for a Gordon Van Tine 502 from Charles Kaiser in Easton Pa is from one of the Proof of the Pudding catalogs.

 

That’s two confirmed Gordon Van Tine number 502’s. I found a couple of hip roofed bungalows in Jacksonville, Illinois that I suspect to be 502’s as well. I found a handful of Gordon Van Tine houses a few years ago in Jacksonville when I located a pair of Roycrafts using a testimonial. That’s when I found these houses almost side by side as well.

Is this a Gordon Van Tine 502? It's down the street from the two Roycrofts I found.

Is this a Gordon Van Tine 502? It’s down the street from the two Roycrofts I found.

 

The side looks to be a good match, there's the dining room bump out.

The side looks to be a good match, there’s the dining room bump out.

 

And, the back is a good match as well. Hmmm.

And, the back is a good match as well. Hmmm.

 

Two houses to the right is another possible Gordon Van Tine 502.

Two houses to the right is another possible Gordon Van Tine 502.

 

See the clue? The same fenestration and that dining room bump out...again.

See the clue? The same fenestration and that dining room bump out…again.

 

The back view of this house is a match as well. It has been added on and you can see that the foundation is newer, not original, than what the house was built on. In fact, the two Jacksonville '502's' have the same foundations. I suspect these are both Gordon van Tine 502s.

The back view of this house is a match as well. It has been added on and you can see that the foundation is newer, not original, than what the house was built on. In fact, the two Jacksonville ‘502’s’ have the same foundations.
I suspect these are both Gordon van Tine 502s.

 

These smaller hipped roof bungalows are a dime a dozen. Yes, they were very popular and not all of them will be kit homes. This is one that can be tricky to identify! Be sure that the fenestration matches, the exterior measurement and if you can get inside check the room measurements. Of course you can always look for Gordon Van Tine stenciled lumber! That’s a sure fire way to authenticate any kit home 🙂

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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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