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.
The Gordon Van Tine 131 was first offered in 1910-1911 in the Gordon Van Tine Grand Book of Plans for Everybody
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Come back for my next blog to see four distinctly out of the ordinary homes, the Gordon Van Tine 121!
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