Gordon Van Tine 131, A Beautiful Brick and Stucco Home

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Within the life of every man and woman a time arrives when they desire to throw off the yoke of the renter’s lot, and a longing springs into existence for the comforts and satisfaction of a home of their own.   Then they suddenly manifest an interest never known before in all new houses built or in process of building in their immediate vicinity.

A modern brick and stucco home could be built with Gordon Van Tine plan number 131 for $3,499 in 1910. Price does not include heating, plumbing and electrical and of course, your lot or property.

Gordon Van Tine 1910-1911 number 131

The Gordon Van Tine 131 was first offered in 1910-1911 in the Gordon Van Tine Grand Book of Plans for Everybody


Gordon Van Tine 1913 number 131

With the help of a testimony in my 1913 Gordon Van Tine Book of Building Plans I was able to locate a number 131 for an example!


William Albert Wurster and his wife Elizabeth built this 131 in Portsmouth Ohio in 1911.   Albert was the secretary/treasurer of the Tracy Shoe Company.


Tracy Shoe Company c 1900

Image credit: Andrew Lee Feight, Ph.D., “Tracy Shoe Company on Second Street (c. 1900).,” Scioto Historical, accessed December 13, 2016


This building still stands today.


Gordon Van Tine 131 Right Back in Portsmouth Ohio

We can get a good view of this Gordon Van Tine because most of the houses surrounding this house are now gone. You might be wondering what that is all about, the stairs and all. It is now home of the James K Marsh House, a counseling center.


Gordon Van Tine 131 Portsmouth Ohio

The left side of the Gordon Van Tine 131 in Portsmouth Ohio.  The 131 was discontinued sometime before 1915.


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

If you know of a Gordon Van Tine 131 (1910-1915) 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  beautiful covers from Gordon Van Tine catalogs click here.

Come back for my next blog to see four distinctly out of the ordinary homes, the Gordon Van Tine 121!

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Tulsa Oklahoma Houses by Mail, Sears Homes, Wardway, Aladdin and more

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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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