|28 Waverly Street, Pittsfield, MA • Home of Helen Hall-Mayberry and Dr. Frank Mayberry in 1915|
(*Note that the build date may be off by a year or two, as I'm not certain that the model was yet offered in 1915.)
Gordon-Van Tine (GVT) is another kit-home company from the 19-teens, twenties, and thirties. Like Sears, Wardway, and Aladdin, they sold pre-cut kits, complete with stamped lumber to allow your construction crew to follow the directions and put your house together. You can read more about the interesting history of this company, and see several examples of GVT homes, on Dale Wolicki's website: GordonVanTine.com.
|The Mayberry home testimonial letter, as it appeared in the 1929 Gordon-Van Tine catalog. It appeared in the 1926 catalog as well, and others, too, I believe.|
|Lovely side view. This home, and all of the others on this street, look so well taken care of. What a treat.|
|There they are, Dr. and Mrs. Frank E. and Helen H. Mayberry, at 28 Waverly Street.|
|The left side view, showing an additional sun porch on the first level.|
|From my 1929 catalog, I believe.|
|Here it is, listed in one of my 1920s catalogs, as the No. 535 and No. 535B. You can see the two floors of porches on the left.|
|First Floor of the two models, 535 (top left), and 535B (bottom right).|
(Click to enlarge)
|More from the 1927 catalog.|
|Ooh, love that quirky wallpaper!|
This would have to be the 535-B floor plan, because the earlier No. 535 floor-plan's staircase was much more open, and had turns in it, as seen in the image below.
|This is from the Zillow listing of a suspected Gordon-Van Tine No. 535 home that I found in Webster Groves, Missouri.|
You can read about it in my blog post, here, where you can also find a link to the Zillow listing.
|All about the upstairs change, which you can see in the images of the two 2nd-level floor plans, below.|
|From my 1927 GVT catalog.|
(Click to enlarge.)
There were two 1916 Gordon-Van Tine catalogs, one with "ready-cut" homes, and one with "Standard" homes, which were not ready-cut. The No. 560 version of this model, is featured on the cover of the "Ready-cut" issue (many people have seen and discussed this rather well-known cover).
|Cover of my 1916 "ready-cut" catalog for GVT. You'll notice that the No. 560 pictured here, does not have an upper sleeping porch on the left side of the house. (click to enlarge)|
|Living room and dining room images for the No. 560, as it is referred to in this 1916 catalog.|
|And, here you see the model without any porches on the left, now known as The Glencoe (I don't remember off-hand when the name changed from a number to a word. This is from the 1929 catalog.)|
|First floor layouts. Top right: the 1929 Glencoe floor plan. You can see that it uses the center hall and stairway layout of the No. 535, rather than the 535B-- Ice room, instead of first floor powder room! (Click to enlarge.)|
The No. 536
I have taken a closer look at the floor plan for the single-story side sunporch model, the No. 536 (originally the No. 560), and it has yet another variation in the floor plan:
|Source: 1921 GVT catalog on Archive.org|
At 30 Mountainview Avenue, Orangeburg, NY, sits what we believe to be a Gordon-Van Tine No. 536 (that means it's the one with a first-floor porch on the side). In 2013, it was listed for sale. Here are some of the photos of the interior and exterior, as shown on the Zillow listing for this home, to give you a nice idea of what a well-kept version of this model can look like, even today (click on any image to enlarge):
|It's rare to see a photo that focuses right on the doorway of this unique model.|
|The heading of the front cover of the 1916 catalog.|