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A Model Five Room Bungalow, Gordon Van Tine 522

Lost in Hooker, Oklahoma, a model five room bungalow from Gordon Van Tine! “After building this house, Mrs. Rose Wright of Hooker, Oklahoma, wrote to us: ‘I am very thankful to the Gordon Van Tine Company for giving me the … Continue reading

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This Popular California Bungalow Could Be Anywhere!

Pacific Ready Cut Homes model 385. Another popular California bungalow design you might find in your neighborhood! Continue reading

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A Closer Look At The ‘Van Tine System’ of Gordon Van Tine

The Gordon Van Tine Company of Davenport Iowa was originally established in 1865 as the UN Roberts & Company, a sawmill owned by UN Roberts. In 1907  the sons of UN Roberts, Edward and Horace,  incorporated and formed Gordon Van Tine. … Continue reading

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The Gordon Van Tine Erie, A Colonial Bungalow

This house was reported last fall as a possible Sears Modern Home in the Sears Homes group on facebook. The house was on the market at the time. What I discovered when I opened the real estate listing was NOT … Continue reading

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Gordon Van Tine Number 515, A Ready-Cut Bungalow With Well Balanced Proportions and Unique Features

My previous blog is the inspiration for this blog.  Another “one thing leads to another” blog. Me and my quirky hobby. Gordon Van Tine was a competitor of Sears and Aladdin in the early 1900’s. Gordon Van Tine began offering … Continue reading

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Gordon Van Tine 517 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma

If you read my last blog you are familiar with the charming Gordon Van Tine bungalow no 517-B and if not click here to read that fun blog so this post will make more sense. Like all kit home companies … Continue reading

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A Very Special Christmas for an East Granby Connecticut Woman (Gordon Van Tine 517-B)

It was a typical New England winter in East Granby Connecticut and most assuredly a Christmas that Anna Viets would remember forever. The year was 1920 and Anna and Charles Palmer Viets had been married for 32 years. Anna and … Continue reading

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One Thing Leads To Another…….The Gordon Van Tine 589, “An Ideal 3-Bedroom Bungalow”

While preparing images for my last blog I noticed another testimony on the catalog page at the bottom. I’ve spent hours locating testimonial homes from the various kit home companies as a way to learn the several hundred models…and it … Continue reading

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Gordon Van Tine Bungalow Number 587

In 1924 Elmer Scatchard built nine Gordon Van Tine ready cut homes in Madison New Jersey. One of those nine homes was a model 587. It was built with the intention of selling it but the Mrs liked it so … Continue reading

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Sears Modern Homes Avondales in Oklahoma

In the summer of 1909, or at least by the time the State Fair in Springfield Illinois opened, Sears Modern Homes built one of their modern bungalows at the fairgrounds in the agricultural area along the racetrack at the fair. … Continue reading

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