The plain substantial lines, the broad shuttered Colonial windows, the living and sleeping porch, all bespeak a house that is built with comfort in mind. Since there is always a fondness for Colonial architecture, this house will remain equally satisfactory as time goes on.
This is a 365 day in the year house, one that assures you annually of twelve months of pleasure and satisfaction. Enough so that Harry Van Tine Scott, Vice president of the Gordon Van Tine company, chose this model for his family’s home in Davenport, Iowa.
This impressive colonial home was first offered in 1916 as ready cut model 554. In 1918 it was offered as ready cut 2554 or not ready cut 1372. By 1920 it was renumbered to 563 in either ready cut or not ready cut. It was discontinued by 1922.
All images may be seen in full resolution by clicking on them.
The Gordon Van Tine 563 was basically a foursquare, 32′ x 32′ with side sleeping porches. The 563 has two hipped dormers, one on the front and one on the opposite side of the sleeping porches. (Click on image to see full resolution)
This Gordon van Tine 554 aka 563 is in Athens, Georgia and was built in 1917.
Atoka, Oklahoma is home to a beautiful Gordon Van Tine 554 aka 563. Home owner Doug Lewis reported this home and sent me photos.
An impressive colonial in Atoka, Oklahoma. Gordon van Tine 554 aka 563.
I’m pretty certain this home in Shawnee, Oklahoma is a Gordon Van Tine 554 aka 563. Dale Wolicki agrees.
It has had some additions to the rear but those were added sometime after 1929 and before 1950, per the Sanborn Map.
A couple of days ago I was confirming the location of another house in Monmouth, Illinois and a real estate listing popped up. A house I quickly recognized to be a Gordon Van Tine 554 aka 563. Serendipity!
This photo is from the real estate listing, obviously.
Thanks to the current real estate listing we can see the side opposite the sleeping porches as well as that second hipped dormer I mentioned.
And another thanks to the real estate listing! A great view of the back of the Gordon Van Tine 554 aka 563! We rarely get to see the back.
Let’s look at some of the architectural features and details to look for in the Gordon Van Tine 554 aka 563.
First let’s address the entrance of the home in Monmouth. The usual attractive hood and ornamental brackets described in the specifications were substituted with this more elaborate Colonial entrance.
The stairs from THE original Gordon Van Tine 554 in Davenport Iowa. On the left is a catalog image which I later realized was from Harry Van Tine Scott’s home. On the right, the stairs from the Scott’s house from an ancient real estate listing that I have had several for years.
And from the Gordon Van Tine 554 aka 563 in Monmouth Illinois.
Newel post and stairway in the Gordon Van Tine 554 aka 563 in Atoka, Oklahoma
Living room of Mr. Scott’s number 554 (563) from the 1916 catalog
And here is that same living room in Davenport Iowa. I’ve had these old real estate listing photos for several years and they are low resolution, sorry.
Deja vu! This is from the Atoka, Oklahoma Gordon Van Tine 554 aka 563. Homeowner Doug Lewis provided the photos of the interior as well! I say he nailed it 🙂
When I saw this image in the Monmouth real estate listing I was even more sure it was a Gordon Van Tine 554 aka 563. Nailed it as well!
For those of you who read my blogs regularly, you will recognize this built in. Yes, it’s that same linen closet that is found in almost every Gordon Van Tine home. This is from the Monmouth, Illinois real estate listing. If you look at the floor plans you will see that it is right where it should be, between the bathroom and a bedroom.
This image is from the Atoka, Oklahoma 554 aka 563
I’m betting you have seen enough of the Gordon Van Tine 554 aka 563 inside and out that you will recognize one now if you happen upon one. And, if you do, please email me at searshomes @yahoo.com
To see a set of Gordon Van Tine blueprints click here!
If you know of a Gordon Van Tine 554/563 or any Gordon Van Tine or any kit home actually, contact me through Sears ModernHomes on facebook or by email at email@example.com
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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.
To see the real estate listing for the Gordon Van Tine 554 at 201 S 10th St in Monmouth, Illinois click here.
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