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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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Gordon Van Tine 539, An Inexpensive Home of Good Appearance

Brought to you from Gordon Van Tine of Davenport Iowa we have an inexpensive home of good appearance. Gordon Van Tine began offering home plans in 1907, a year prior to Sears. To learn all about the Gordon Van Tine … Continue reading

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Gordon Van Tine 121, Distinctly Out of the Ordinary

This plan is distinctly out of the ordinary, and shows good taste in every line. When built it is one of the most attractive houses imaginable outside and in. Many architects have attempted houses of this general plan, but we … Continue reading

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The Gordon Van Tine 552, A Popular Home – Fine For a Narrow Lot

This house because of its width is especially good for a narrow lot. And at the same time it is two full stories in height, has six big rooms, a bath, and plenty of closet space.

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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 Van Tine System Homes of Gordon Van Tine

Some time ago Dale Wolicki sent me a 1942 Gordon Van Tine brochure that features special order homes built using the Van Tine System. He told me I could find these houses and write a blog. So, I did and … Continue reading

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A Cosy Six Room Cottage by Gordon Van Tine not Sears Modern Homes

Gordon Van Tine was a competitor in the mail order kit home ‘business’.  Sears Modern Homes first offered homes in 1908, Aladdin Ready Cut in 1906 and Gordon Van Tine in 1907. The Gordon Van Tine Company was located in … Continue reading

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