Gordon Van Tine 121, Distinctly Out of the Ordinary

Creative Commons License

This plan is distinctly out of the ordinary, and shows good taste in every line. When built it is one of the most attractive houses imaginable outside and in. Many architects have attempted houses of this general plan, but we have not found one to equal plan number 121.

Gordon Van Tine 1913 catalog,  121

The Gordon Van Tine 121 was offered 1910-1916 as a “Standard Home” , not ready-cut.


This beautiful color rendering is from my Gordon Van Tine Book of Building Plans 1913.


George H Woolman Gordon Van Tine 121 Testimony

George Henry Woolman built this Gordon Van Tine 121 on his Nebraska farm in 1912. George and his wife, Myrtle Elizabeth, had six children.


Cornelius Dyer Gordon Van Tine 121 in Champaign Illinois

Cornelius Dyer was a real estate investor, amongst other things.  This Gordon Van Tine was likely built as rental property or to resell in Champaign, Illinois. Mark Hardin has been helping me see what we can find out about Cornelius and his investments. Cornelius had a stroke in 1916 and passed away in 1918. His wife, Elizabeth, lived another 30 years.


A very special thanks to Sears Homes group member Joshua Ratts for taking a quick photo for me today!


Gordon Van Tine 121 on Park Ave

This Gordon Van Tine 121 was serendipity! I was looking for Cornelius Dyer’s home and actually found this one first and realized it was reversed. It’s just a couple of blocks from the other 121. I wonder if Cornelius built two of them? We haven’t found a connection yet other than they are both located in what was Dyers Addition in 1913 . To the right is a Harris Brothers 1512 and across the street I noticed a Sears Argyle. And, I found other kit homes in this neighborhood.


Thanks to Joshua Ratts for taking this photo today as well!


Gordon Van Tine AL Yearous 121 in Eagle Grove, Iowa

Albin and Anna Yearous built a Gordon Van Tine 121 in Eagle Grove, Iowa where they were merchants, A. L. Yearous Hardware & Sporting.


Al Yearous Gordon Van Tine 121 at 513 S Commercial in Eagle Grove, Ia.

Al Yearous Gordon Van Tine 121 at 513 S Commercial in Eagle Grove, Iowa. Photo credit and copyright: Jenny Yearous, great granddaughter.


Al Yearous Gorcon Van Tine 121 in Eagle Grove, Ia.  Son Jesse's room.

This is the bedroom of Jesse Yearous, youngest of the two Yearous boys. Jesse’s  granddaughter contacted me when she saw my blog. She tells me that her grandfather, Jesse Yearous, ran a telegraph line between the store and the house so he could let Anna, his wife, know that he was heading home so the meal would be on the table when he got there. What a fun bit of history! Photo credit and copyright: Jenny Yearous


Al Yearous Gordon Van Tine 121 at 513 S Commercial Eagle Grove, Ia

Al Yearous and family at 513 S Commercial in Eagle Grove, Ia. Many thanks to Alben’s great granddaughter for sharing these wonderful family photos! Photo credit and copyright: Jenny Yearous


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

If you know of a Gordon Van Tine 121 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 the Gordon Van Tine  539 aka Marion.

Follow me on twitter!

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

Creative Commons License
Oklahoma Houses By Mail by Rachel Shoemaker is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

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
This entry was posted in Gordon Van Tine, Kit Homes Around the Country and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s