Unusually Well Planned Craftsman Bungalow, Gordon Van Tine 611

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May 25, 1925 was an exciting day for a poultry farmer from Schenectady, New York. After contemplating for many months and taking into consideration arguments both for and against these types of (kit/machine cut) houses, H.E. Chesebro decided on a plan cut home from Gordon Van Tine Company of Davenport Iowa. On this day, May 25, his house arrived packed in convenient bundles, pre-cut and ready to assemble per the blueprints and lucid instructions which were included.

Mr Chesebro, owner of Hillview Poultry Farm in Schnectady, New York decided that the craftsman style bungalow, number 611, was most suitable for his needs. Click on the image to see the plan in full resolution

Mr Chesebro, owner of Hillview Poultry Farm in Schnectady, New York decided that the craftsman style bungalow, number 611, was most suitable for his needs. The number 611 was renamed in 1928 to the Redwood. Gordon Van Tine offered this craftsman bungalow from 1923-1931.

 

Click on the image to see the plan in full resolution

 

Mr HE Chesebro was so pleased with his completed bungalow that he not only sent in a testimony but photographs of the outside and the inside as well! He explains that with the help of a carpenter, who he paid $500, the house was ready to move in on September 1st. If they had to saw the lumber themselves imagine the time it would have taken. I imagine that Mr. Chesebro was plenty busy with farm duties as it was!

Mr HE Chesebro was so pleased with his completed bungalow that he not only sent in a testimony but photographs of the outside and the inside as well! Mr Chesebro had been a photographer previously.   He explains that with the help of a carpenter, who he paid $500, the house was ready to move in on September 1st. If they had to saw the lumber themselves imagine the time it would have taken. I imagine that Mr. Chesebro was plenty busy with farm duties as it was!

 

And, here it is! What a handsome craftsman bungalow! Looks to be original with the exception of the enclosed porch.

And, here it is! What a handsome craftsman bungalow! Looks to be original with the exception of the enclosed porch.

 

Howard and his wife Mildred and their daughter Myrtle lived here however, they divorced by 1940 and Mildred moved on and his new wife Margery moved in.

Howard and his wife Mildred and their daughter Myrtle lived here however, they divorced by 1940 and Mildred moved on and his new wife Margery moved in.

 

Many of the Gordon Van models call for a linen closet. The specifications and the plan show that the 611 has a linen closet. Here is an example of that linen closet from my 1924 catalog.

Many of the Gordon Van models call for a linen closet. The specifications and the plan show that the 611 has a linen closet. Here is an example of that linen closet from my 1924 catalog.

 

This 1924 catalog page shows an example of kitchen case style D in the left corner. This style kitchen case was included with the Gordon Van Tine number 611.

This 1924 catalog page shows an example of kitchen case style D in the left corner. This style kitchen case was included with the Gordon Van Tine number 611.

 

The Gordon Van Tine 611 was first offered in 1923. In 1928 it was renamed the Redwood and it was discontinued in 1931

The Gordon Van Tine 611 was first offered in 1923. In 1928 it was renamed the Redwood and it was discontinued in 1931

 

Gordon Van Tine was supplying the materials for Montgomery Wards homes, Wardway Homes. Wardway Homes had a model like the 611 aka Redwood. Wardway's Dresden was offered 1924-1929 and then renamed the Webster and discontinued in 1931.

Gordon Van Tine was supplying the materials for Montgomery Wards homes, Wardway Homes. Wardway Homes had a model like the 611 aka Redwood. Wardway’s Dresden was offered 1924-1929 and then renamed the Webster and discontinued in 1931.

 

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

If you know of a Gordon Van Tine 611 aka Redwood or the Wardway Dresden aka Webster  or ANY Gordon Van Tine home 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 603.

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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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