In my last blog, I promised to show two early Gordon Van Tine craftsman bungalows in the next blog.
The Gordon Van Tine 116 was a craftsman mission bungalow design borrowed from California. Other kit home companies such as Sears and Lewis borrowed bungalow designs from California in the early years. I’ve featured a few California bungalows in blogs in the past that were used by kit home companies.
The Gordon Van Tine 116 was a true craftsman bungalow and first offered in 1910 but it was my 1913 catalog that made it possible for me to find two early 116s.
With this testimony from my 1913 catalog, I was able to easily locate the Gordon Van Tine 116 that Joseph and Edna Fruechtel built in Gadsden, Alabama.
This poor google street view screen shot (beggars can’t be choosers) shows the Gordon Van Tine Joseph Fruechtel built in 1911 in Gadsden, Alabama. Joseph was a carpenter/contractor.
Notice the two bump outs on the right side. The front bump out is the living room and it has a gabled roof and the back bump out is the dining room and it has a shed roof. That’s a pretty distinctive detail to remember.
The fenestration on the left side is a match to the catalog floor plan.
Is there anyone near Gadsden, Alabama that can get real photos? 🙂
Fortunately the Gordon Van Tine 116 in Gadsden, Alabama is on a corner allowing us to see the back of this California bungalow.
The Fruechtel’s living room is shown in the 1916 Gordon Van Tine Standard Home’s catalog. I wonder if the colonnade and the built in buffet are still there?
This Gordon Van Tine 116 was easy to find in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 1912 by Nathaniel and Edna Conard. Nathaniel was a machinist.
Trees on the right side of the Conard’s Gordon Van Tine 116 prohibit a good view of the two different bump outs as seen in the testimony image but, they are there.
Not sure why I even bothered with this one. The boxwoods block this side. Oh, and … squirrel!
The Gordon Van Tine 116 was a mission bungalow borrowed from California, as many were in the early years. It was first offered by Gordon Van Tine as seen above in 1909-1910.
The Gordon Van Tine 116 was last offered as a Standard Home, not ready cut, in 1916. It was briefly offered as ready-cut number 561 in the first ready-cut catalog in 1916 with a different floor plan and different dimensions.
To see a set of Gordon Van Tine blueprints click here!
If you know of a Gordon Van Tine 116 or 561 contact me through facebook or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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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 beautiful covers from Gordon Van Tine catalogs click here.
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