For a few years I have been seeing a lot of “tiny homes” on the internet and they seem to be quite the rage right now. About six months ago I noticed that “tiny homes” have come to Tulsa, my home town. Late one Wednesday night I was coming home from the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame where I play in a big band and I always pass by a business that sells storage buildings, nice storage buildings. If you are familiar with Tulsa it’s on the SW corner where HWY 169 and HWY 51 intersect. Curiousity got the best of me so I googled it and this is what I found
As I often do with any home, I started imagining what it would be like to live in one of these tiny homes.
While perusing my files and jpeg images looking for my next subject house I came upon a small home from Gordon Van Tine that as far as square footage fits the tiny home description very well! These smaller kit homes are often hard to find and hard to authenticate because they are so common, CLH is how they are often referred to. You can read about the “CLH” by clicking here.
I like the term tiny home better so let me introduce you to the Gordon Van Tine 914, tiny home. Approximately 600 square feet in size…I would call that tiny. In fact, it’s about the size of my three car garage!
This Gordon Van Tine 914 comes with a story, and an interesting story, a new beginning in a new country. So the story goes…
These “tiny homes” usually referred to in Gordon Van Tine catalogs as cottages are found in the back of their catalogs. Testimonials for these tiny homes are few and far between. I located this 914 using this photo and a name from 1928.
Unfortunately Albert and Martha do not have any immediate descendants but her half brother Theodore Lenge does. Maybe they will find this blog and story!
And, if nothing else you now have a Gordon Van Tine 583/914 example….have you see this house somewhere? If so please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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