Gordon Van Tine 518, A Substantial Five-Bedroom Farm Home in Ellicott City, Maryland

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A discussion came up a few weeks ago when a member of the Sears Homes Group posted about the possible demise of a Sears house on Sears House Ct in Ellicott City, Maryland because there was not a Sears house in sight in a newer subdivision. Several of us checked it out and the only possible home was a foursquare on a curve on Sears House CT that was pretty well hidden by trees when viewing via google street view. I checked the assessor website and no luck there.  In the meantime, I’m imagining a Sears Magnolia or a very rare Sears 303 being torn down!  Or, maybe the land being once owned by a family named Sears and everything was okay.  A few guesses were made but not that would be a match.  I’m thinking to myself it looks to be Gordon Van Tine because of the porch columns and the dormer but didn’t investigate because of the lack of a decent view.    Until one of the group members went by and got a quick photo.  It became more evident.  I’m pretty sure that the house for which “Sears House Ct” is named is actually a Gordon Van Tine kit home.  Some folks refer to any and all kit homes as a Sears house.  Xerox machine – copier.  Clorox – bleach.  Coke – any pop beverage.  A few other examples.

“One of the finest and most practical farm houses I have ever seen,” is the verdict of hundreds of farmers regarding this splendid country house. But in fact it is as suitable for the city dweller as for the farmer.

Remember that you can see all images, catalog and photos, in full resolution if you click on the image and open it only  and click again!

Gordon Van Tine offered this 30' x 30' foursquare from 1918-1928. The number 518 aka Covington is characterized by it's hipped roof and hipped front dormer. Center front window. A somewhat unique window arrangement amongst the foursquare kit homes. That is what caught my attention with the house on Sears House Ct. Double windows flanked by single windows tells me there are likely two corner rooms with a stairway in the center. And, if you are familiar with construction and measurements you can get close with the overall size of a house as simple as a foursquare.

Gordon Van Tine offered this 30′ x 30′ foursquare from 1915-1928. The number 518 (312 in 1915 not ready cut) aka Covington is characterized by it’s hipped roof and hipped front dormer. Center front window.  A somewhat unique window arrangement amongst the foursquare kit homes. That is what caught my attention with the house on Sears House Ct.   Double windows flanked by single windows tells me there are likely two corner rooms with a stairway in the center. And, if you are familiar with construction and measurements you can get close with the overall size of a house as simple as a foursquare. Foursquares are a dime a dozen.  You really have to pay attention to all details when matching one to a kit home!

 

 I'm pretty sure this is a Gordon Van Tine 518. You can't make out the right side very well but the window arrangement matches the plan. There's another low resolution photo from a slightly harder angle that clearly shows the match in the Sears Homes Group.

I’m pretty sure this is a Gordon Van Tine 518. You can’t make out the right side very well but the window arrangement matches the plan.  The columns and dormer along with the center window immediately caught my attention from the front.  There’s another low resolution photo from a slightly harder angle that clearly shows the right side  in the Sears Homes Group.

 

This shows the left side of the house and I believe even through the trees the window arrangement shown is that of the Gordon Van Tine 518, first floor and back second floor. Maybe a street name change is in order? Gordon Van Tine House Ct? :)

This shows the left side of the house and I believe even through the trees the window arrangement shown is that of the Gordon Van Tine 518, first floor and back second floor.

 

Maybe a street name change is in order? Gordon Van Tine House Ct? 🙂

 

Keep those tips in mind and if you find a foursquare that has those same details let me know!  There are three ways to contact me.  By email: searshomes@yahoo.com    You can contact me through Sears Modern Homes on facebook. Or, you can leave a comment below.

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

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 more from Gordon Van Tine!  And no, I don’t just identify Gordon Van Tine…I’m just polishing my GVT identification skills and knowledge right now.   I’ll be honest. I do love Gordon Van Tine though!

Also coming soon,  a Gordon Van Tine house, barn and poultry house with documention, order forms, correspondence letters, vintage photos, construction photos too!   I’m gathering images and info now.

I have several awesome homes to share from blog readers,  a Sears 119 in Iowa comes to mind, a Lewis Vitello that Mark Hardin found, a Henry Wilson bungalow in Nova Scotia that I identified for a reader.  A Wardway Barcelona shared by a reader.  It just never ends!  I love hearing from readers.  searshomes@yahoo.com  Send me your homes and your questions.

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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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