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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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Sears 303, Yay or Nay?

The Sears 303 is a late victorian home and was the largest and grandest home that Sears offered. It is also the rarest of the larger Sears homes. Read this blog to learn more about this grand lady! Continue reading

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A Sears 124 in Clayton Georgia

About five years ago I started searching for testimonial homes as a way to help me learn all of the models offered by the kit home companies. Two weeks ago I got a new laptop and as I was going … 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 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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A Rare Sears House in Bristow, Oklahoma … Route 66

On a trip through Bristow a few years ago I explored an area of town I missed, evidently, on other trips.  I have found a handful of mail order houses in Bristow and Bristow is the home to an absolute … Continue reading

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Two of the Earliest Aladdin Homes

A few months ago I wrote about one of the first Sears houses built in 1908. Tonight I want to share with you a couple of the earliest Aladdin Homes built. They are not only the earliest Aladdin Homes but … Continue reading

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A Rare Gordon Van Tine Home in Atoka, Oklahoma

In 1916 in Davenport, Ia Gordon Van Tine company vice president Harry Van Tine Scott gave careful thought and planning into a home for his family. The architects at Gordon Van Tine designed an impressive colonial home with every modern … Continue reading

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