|114 Fremont Street, Watertown, Wisconsin|
But, I ended up running across this house, which I believe is a Gordon-Van Tine home. Depending on the year, it could be the No. 158, No. 1558, or No. 712. Unfortunately, tax records for this town do not give the build year.
|From my 1921 Gordon-Van Tine catalog. The only option for this model, was "not ready cut".|
My searching of the city directory and the census, however, gives me enough information to guess the build year to be about 1920, or just before. First, I searched the Watertown, Wisconsin City Directory for this address: 114 Fremont Street. It came up with Joseph McFarland, Sr., and his family, at that address in 1915 and 1917. Then, I tried the U.S. Census for 1920, and found that Joseph McFarland's address had changed to 118 Fremont Street, and that John Foley was now at 114 Fremont Street. So, I went back to the city directories for 1915 and 1917, and looked for John Foley... he was not yet at Fremont Street. This tells me that the addresses for the street must have been changed around 1920, when this house was built, so I'm summising that it was John Foley who had this GVT No. 712 built.
|From my 1916 catalog, I believe.|
|close-up of that inset gabled dormer (I guess that's what you'd call it?)|
Nice little cornice returns, as expected, but no little porch rails up there.
|This is from my 1916 standard-build catalog, I believe (where this is listed as model No. 158.)|
Of course, if you couldn't buy your home pre-cut/ready-cut, then you can't call this a kit. But, though most lumber pieces were just sent to the buyer at standard lengths, a few items were cut to fit, and sent that way to the homebuyer: window and door frames, kitchen cases, linen cases, and stairways. And, the catalog tells you that directly.
|Some things, such as stairways, were sent cut-to-fit even if the majority of the house lumber was not.|
|From my 1916 Standard (not plan-cut, not ready-cut) catalog (notice: it's marketed as No. 158, not No. 712)|
As you can see, the living room actually juts out in the center, with the porch wrapping around it.
I can't quite see if it's like that, inside the enclosed porch of 114 Fremont.
And, here's a list of "What You Get":
And, your special features are:
|Sears had a very similar door hardware set, called Chicago.|