Tag Archives: Farm House

Edwin Binkert’s Gordon Van Tine Barn #403 in Lake City, Iowa

In the summer of 1928 Ed Binkert of Lake City, Iowa ordered a ready cut barn. When the pieces to the barn arrived neighbors helped haul them to the building site. Learn more here! Continue reading

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Unusually Well Planned Craftsman Bungalow, Gordon Van Tine 611

May 25, 1925 was an exciting day for a poultry farmer from Schenectady, New York. After contemplating for many months and taking into consideration arguments both for and against these types of (kit/machine cut) houses, H.E. Chesebro decided on a … Continue reading

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The Gordon Van Tine 545, A Farm Home of Dignity and Comfort

Gordon Van Tine kit home design 545 in Syracuse Nebraska. Continue reading

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The Worthingon, Aladdin’s One Year Model

Have you seen this house? Of all of the Aladdin Ready Cut homes I have only seen the Aladdin Worthington offered in one catalog. Until a few years ago I had never seen an example of an Aladdin Worthington either! … Continue reading

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Meet Sears Number 178, the Quirky Cousin of Sears Number 124

As if the Sears 124 wasn’t “interesting” enough the quirky cousin comes along in fall of 1910!  When you see a Sears 178 you will never forget it, trust me. The Sears 124 and the 178 floor plans are very … Continue reading

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The Sears Osborn and Oriental Peaks

This 1911 Seattle Bungalow was the inspiration for the Sears Modern Homes ‘Osborn’. Continue reading

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A PERFECT Peerless Garage by Aladdin in Webb City, MO

What could be better than a perfect Aladdin Massachusetts? How about if that perfect Massachusetts includes a perfect Peerless model garage? In my seven years of identifying mail order and kit homes this house and garage is probably tops! To … Continue reading

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A Rare Wardway Kit Home in Chelsea, Oklahoma!

It is well known that Chelsea, Oklahoma is home to a Sears Saratoga. It appears in every Route 66 suggested stop you can find!  But, what people don’t know about in Chelsea is this beautiful bungalow from Montgomery Ward. (click … Continue reading

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A Sears Avalon in Perry, Oklahoma

While google driving around Perry Oklahoma a few years ago I happened upon a Sears Avalon.   And what a sweet Avalon it is! Thanks to one of my college classmates who was kind enough to take photos for me since he lives … Continue reading

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Oklahoma’s Tower House On The Prairie

The Gordon Van Tine company from Davenport, Iowa  introduced house plan #143 in 1912 as “Our new tower house, a little gem, something new, something original.” Much to my surprise there is one in Oklahoma, located on north western prairieland … Continue reading

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