Author Archives: Rachel Shoemaker

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

The Gordon Van Tine 129, A Popular and Beautiful Bungalow

Not all kit houses came from Sears. Gordon Van Tine had a large selection of models. Maybe you are living in a Gordon Van Tine home? Continue reading

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A Cosy, Family Home in the Gordon Van Tine 123

As promised, I am featuring another ‘rare’ never before seen Gordon Van Tine model. This is another unique looking home. I recognized it immediately when I recently happened upon it! Have you seen this rare and unique model, the Gordon … Continue reading

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Gordon Van Tine 118, A Model Eight-Room Home

The early Gordon Van Tine catalogs are rare. Anything prior to 1915 is difficult to find. I have a few catalogs from the early years, 1907, 1909-1910 and 1913. Lately,  I’ve been sharing some of the early models. We looked … Continue reading

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A Beautiful City Home, Gordon Van Tine 122

An Eight-Room City Home Costing $2,425 with a comfortable appearance, and strictly modern. Continue reading

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Gordon Van Tine Homes in Alaska

In 1917 the Gordon Van Tine Company shipped two kit homes for the United States Department of Agriculture to be built as homes in Kodiak Alaska at Agriculture Experiment Stations in Kodiak and at Kalsin Bay. Continue reading

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A Whole Town Of Gordon Van Tine Homes

A whole town of Gordon Van Tine Homes! Where? Read here to find out! Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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Gordon Van Tine 156, A Wonderfully Cozy, Comfortable Home, Very Popular

Bungalows are popular and attractive, but many do not care for the extreme features of the true bungalow. We have, therefore, tried to combine the bungalow appearance with that of a comfortable cottage, and the result as shown in this plan is certainly pleasing. We might call it a semi-bungalow. It has the broad low lines and the wide eaves, yet the siding, porch trim, and general exterior appearance are typical of the comfortable cottage. On the interior we depart from the bungalow by having two bedrooms on the second floor. Continue reading

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An Impressive Colonial Home, Gordon Van Tine 563

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.
See five examples of this impressive colonial home in my blogpost! Continue reading

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Gordon Van Tine 198, A New Two-Family Plan

A two family plan that can be built for the price of a single house. A duplex kit home, the Gordon Van Tine 198. Continue reading

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