Lost in Hooker, Oklahoma, a model five room bungalow from Gordon Van Tine!
“After building this house, Mrs. Rose Wright of Hooker, Oklahoma, wrote to us: ‘I am very thankful to the Gordon Van Tine Company for giving me the opportunity of getting a beautifully arranged and splendidly built home’.”
I can’t find this house anywhere. And boy have I looked! I did find another Gordon Van Tine house while searching, but no Gordon Van Tine 522.
It was this Gordon Van Tine 1926 catalog page that sent me on the hunt for a model five room bungalow in Hooker, Oklahoma. I can find Rose Wright and her husband Charles Herferd and Rose’s son, Howard, living in Hooker on the 1910 census but no specific location or address. I’m not surprised, Hooker being a rural town in the Oklahoma panhandle.
However, I did find the Gordon van Tine 522 built by Richard Muth in Omaha Nebraska. You can see his testimony in the lower right corner above “Everything was satisfactory”.
Richard and Alma Muth built this Gordon Van Tine 522 in Omaha, Nebraska in 1922. Richard was a machinist. As he states in his testimony, they chose stucco siding.
Several of the Gordon Van Tine homes have a cased opening specified in the plans, as does the 522.
The cased opening is shown in the upper left corner of this page from my 1920 catalog. The linen closet, also specified, can be seen in the lower right corner.
Oddly enough I was able to retrieve interior images from a real estate listing several years ago. This is a great example of the cased opening seen in Gordon Van Tine homes.
The kitchen case “D” is specified for the Gordon Van Tine 522. It can be seen in the upper left corner of this page from my 1920 catalog. The original kitchen has been replaced so we’ll just have to imagine this time.
Gordon Van Tine first offered this bungalow in 1916 as ready cut number 540 and not ready cut number 314. In 1919 it was renamed ready cut 2540, not ready cut 1314 and in 1920 renamed 522. In 1931 it became the Clifton and by the last offering in 1935 it was renamed the Norton as seen in this catalog image from my 1935 catalog.
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