The Gordon Van Tine #555, A Fine Looking Home At A Big Saving


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In this home is another pleasing variation of the standard, ever-popular, square house. The popularity of a square house efficiently planned is deserved because of the wonderful opportunities it represents in home utility, not an inch of wasted floor space.

Gordon Van Tine 555, 1925

The plain hip roof of the porch of this substantial home conforms to the lines of the main roof and an all open cornice shows exposed rafters. Throughout this design, you’ll find a pleasing harmony of detail. Note the colonial windows and doors. Also, the solid boxed rail of the porch which makes it possible to enclose it with screens at a small cost, adding much to the comfort.


This Gordon Van Tine 555 image is from my 1925 catalog.


Gordon Van Tine 555 in Mount Clemens Michigan

On April 26, 1923, Herbert and Grace Whidden were married in Vassar Michigan. They made their home in this Gordon Van Tine number 555 in Mount Clemens where Herbert was a telephone company foreman.


Gordon Van Tine 555 in Mount Clemens Michigan

I might have missed this Gordon Van Tine 555 in a survey. The front porch has been enclosed and the hipped roof altered.


The siding hides the once exposed rafter tails and the original siding. I would be willing to bet the wooden siding and the shingles above the belt line are hidden under all of that! White paint for the body and brown shingle stain was included for this model unless otherwise instructed.


Gordon Van Tine 555, 1925

Have another look at the Gordon Van Tine 555.   This model was offered for ten years, 1919-1927 and in 1928-1929 as the Prairie. (My next blog will feature the home of John F Burns from the testimony circled.)


To see a set of Gordon Van Tine blueprints click here!

If you know of a Gordon Van Tine 555 contact me through facebook or by email at

To learn more about kit homes and meet other enthusiasts as well as home owners join us in the Sears Homes Group on facebook!

For more information on the Gordon Van Tine Company of Davenport, Iowa visit the website of Dale Wolicki here.

My friend Rosemary Thornton has featured several Gordon Van Tine homes on her blog.

To see more Gordon Van Tine catalogs online  click here.

And, to see the many beautiful covers click here.

Come back for my next blog to see the house that John F. Burns built in West Orange, New Jersey!

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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:
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