The Gordon Van Tine 545, A Farm Home of Dignity and Comfort

In the summer of 1924 a plumber/electrician in Syracuse, Nebraska ordered a nine room four square from the Gordon Van Company of Davenport, Iowa. Work on the house would commence on September 15th.
With only two men working on the house it was complete and occupied by January 15, 1925.

Frank E Wilk was the owner of that four square.  The model Frank and his wife Franka (seriously) chose was number 545.

The Gordon Van Tine 545 is a good size home! Very roomy, and considering it was only Frank and Franka and her mother Alice Hamilton living here it's no wonder they had room to take in a lodger once and awhile. Frank and Franka never had any children even though they were married when Franka was a teenager.

The Gordon Van Tine 545 is a good size home! Very roomy, and considering it was only Frank and Franka and her mother Alice Hamilton living here it’s no wonder they had room to take in a lodger once and awhile. Frank and Franka never had any children even though they were married when Franka was a teenager.

 

The catalog view side of the Wilk's Gordon Van Tine in Syracuse, Ne. This google view is obscured by trees, but, that's the house!

The catalog view side of the Wilk’s Gordon Van Tine in Syracuse, Ne. This google view is obscured by trees, but, that’s the house!

 

The Wilk's nine room home is a corner house and was built on what likely was land owned by Franka's mother. It appears to be in great shape still!

The Wilk’s nine room home is on a corner lot and was built on what likely was land owned by Franka’s mother.
It appears to be in great shape still!

 

This is the opposite catalog view side. I can't explain that extra door that should open to the dining room. It was built that way. I know that!

This is the opposite catalog view side. I can’t explain that extra door that should open to the dining room. It was built that way. I know that!

 

I was able to locate this Gordon Van Tine quickly and easily with the help of this Gordon Van Tine testimony. Frank's shop out back is gone now and a newer garage has been built on to the back of the house. What a beautiful home it was! I wonder if the current owners know it's history? Maybe someone in Syracuse Nebraska will see my blog and tell them!

I was able to locate this Gordon Van Tine 545 quickly and easily with the help of this Gordon Van Tine testimony.
Frank’s shop out back is gone now and a newer garage has been built on to the back of the house.
What a beautiful home it was! I wonder if the current owners know its history? Maybe someone in Syracuse Nebraska will see my blog and tell them!

 

Four squares from kit home companies can be tricky to identify and the four square is another style that is quite commonly mistaken as a kit home. Four squares are a dime a dozen!

Do you have a kit home to share or that you need help identifying? If so email me at searshomes@yahoo.com

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And, you can join our closed Sears Homes group on facebook too if you want to learn how to recognize kit homes and pattern book homes!

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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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