Brought to you from Gordon Van Tine of Davenport Iowa we have an inexpensive home of good appearance. Gordon Van Tine began offering home plans in 1907, a year prior to Sears. To learn all about the Gordon Van Tine Company check out the website of Dale Wolicki.
The Gordon Van Tine 539 was first offered in 1917 as the model numbers shown in this 1917 catalog image. It was offered in two second floor plans and both ready cut or not ready cut.
This Gordon Van Tine 539 was shared by the home owner. I can’t help but wonder if that tree was planted there on purpose? Perfect!
This Gordon Van Tine 539 was built in 1929, according to the assessor, in Vienna, New Jersey. Image is property of the homeowner and may not be reproduced.
I was told that the house was originally thought to be from Sears which she could never find an exact match. Then, she came across stenciled lumber with the Gordon Van Tine name and the buyer. With this info she was able to easily identify her house as a Gordon Van Tine 539! This actually happens quite often. Image is property of the homeowner and may not be reproduced.
The homeowner found the name Enos Harris stenciled on the lumber in this Viennes, New Jersey home. I found that Enos Harris was a farmer and a carpenter so he likely built this house himself. Or, maybe after he built this house he decided he was a carpenter! Either way, he did a great job! It’s a beautiful home. Images of this beautiful home are the property of the homeowner and may not be reproduced.
The newel post commonly found in Gordon Van Tine kit homes.
Most Gordon Van Tine homes came with this linen closet.
Many of the Gordon Van models call for a linen closet. The specifications and the plan show that the 539 has a linen closet in the upstairs hall. Here is an example of that linen closet from my 1924 catalog.
The Gordon Van Tine 539 in Vienna, New Jersey is ready for Christmas! This image is property of the home owner and may not be reproduced.
I love this porch! I love that it has not been finished in. I would much rather have this as a porch than as a room. I just love it! This image is also property of the home owner and may not be reproduced.
In 1928 Gordon Van Tine changed from model numbers to model names and the 539 was renamed the Marion. The Marion was last offered in 1930 as seen here in this catalog image from my Gordon Van Tine Book Of Homes 1930.
This Gordon Van Tine 539 is located in Belvidere, New Jersey and was shared with me by the homeowner of the Vienna New Jersey home. This image may not be reproduced.
This Gordon Van Tine 539 is in Chatham, New Jersey.
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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.
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