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.
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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: email@example.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. firstname.lastname@example.org Send me your homes and your questions.
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