The Gordon Van Tine 552, A Popular Home – Fine For a Narrow Lot

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Gordon Van Tine 1925 Testimony for John F. Burns Model 552

If you read my previous post you may have noticed this testimony in the bottom right corner of the catalog page. I located the house John F. Burns built in West Orange, N.J. with help of the US Census. And, The Gordon Van Tine model 552 was what I found when I got there.

 

Catalog image Gordon Van Tine No. 552 , 1925

This house because of its width is especially good for a narrow lot. And at the same time it is two full stories in height, has six big rooms, a bath, and plenty of closet space.

 

Catalog image Gordon Van Tine No. 552 , 1925

 

John H. Burns, Gordon Van Tine 552 West Orange, New Jersey

The Gordon Van Tine 552 in West Orange New Jersey was built by a firefighter, John Francis Burns.

 

Gordon Van Tine 552 in West Orange New Jersey

Finding the Burns home was no problem. Getting a decent view of it was difficult, though! Oh, and another view shows that the house has had another floor added to it.  You can see that it is on a narrow lot and if you can’t build out you have to build up!

 

I think John did a fine job. He sounded like he was a little unsure of himself at first.  Firefighters have a lot of determination and don’t quit.    They are some of the hardest working and most dependable people you will ever meet.

 

John Burns family Portrait, Gordon Van Tine 552 in West Orange NJ

This is the Burns family. John and his wife Lucy. Son John, II and daughter Delores. A fine looking family with six big rooms, a full bath, and plenty of closet space to live in and enjoy.

 

John Burns, II became a West Orange police officer.

 

Catalog image Gordon Van Tine No. 552 , 1925

The Gordon Van Tine 552 was offered 1917-1927.     Do you know of a Gordon Van Tine 552?  If so, please leave a comment or contact me  through facebook  or by email,  searshomes@yahoo.com

 

Catalog image Gordon Van Tine No. 552 , 1925

 

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

If you know of a Gordon Van Tine 552 contact me through facebook or by email at searshomes@yahoo.com

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.

To see a Gordon Van Tine bungalow gifted for Christmas.  A fun research project for me … click here.

Come back for my next blog to see two early Gordon Van Tine craftsman bungalows.

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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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