|Gordon-Van Tine model No. 121 • 3957 Old Wm Penn Hwy, Murrysville, Pennsylvania|
|Gordon-Van Tine model No. 121, as shown in the 1916|
Standard Homes (not pre-cut) catalog (source)
We are always excited to run across another example of the Gordon-Van Tine model No 121. I have previously blogged about the No. 121 testimonial house of Allben and Annah Yearous, in Eagle Grove, Iowa, but the two houses I have to show you today, were found by fellow researcher Karen Dejeet. Both homes are on William Penn Parkway, right by each other, in Murrysville, Pennsylvania.
The first example, shown above, has had the front porch enclosed, as we so often see. People are always looking to squeeze out another few feet of living space, I guess. But, this is on a pretty busy street, so I guess the idea of having a big, open porch to sit and relax on, isn't as inviting as having an enclosed, private space. It still retains the wonderful cedar shingle siding, on the top half, and, thankfully, the distinctive little porthole windows on the front, haven't been sided over.
Here's the full catalog page for the No. 121:
|Page 17 of the 1916 Standard Homes catalog for Gordon-Van Tine (on Archive.org)|
As you can see from the floor plans, this model has a nice bay window on the dining room wall. The house at 3957 Wm Penn Pkwy has that bay window, but it's difficult to see, due to foliage, and restricted angles using Google streetview:
|GVT No. 121 • 3957 Wm Penn Hwy, Murrysville, PA|
|First floor of GVT No. 121|
(click to enlarge)
Two houses away, Karen spotted a second example of the No. 121. This time, the porch is not enclosed, but, as is often the case in Pennsylvania, the porch is made of brick.
|Here they are -- the teal colored house is No. 3957. This house sits at 3967 Old Wm Penn Hwy, Murrysville, PA|
The No. 121 at 3967 does not have a bay window on this side:
Other Models On The Street
Karen and I have found several other kit homes on this street. Karen has found a Sears Kilbourne, a Sears Mansfield (the brick version of the Dover), and a Sears Maplewood. I believe that the little white stucco bungalow the next house past the brick and cream colored No. 121, is a Gordon-Van Tine No. 301:
|3979 Old Wm Penn Hwy, Murrysville, PA • Gordon-Van Tine No. 301|
|3979 Old Wm Penn Hwy, Murrysville, Pennsylvania • Gordon-Van Tine No. 301|
|This model is also from the 1916 Standard Homes GVT catalog, so it was not pre-cut.|
The floor plan for the No. 301 also shows three windows along the right elevation of the No. 301 bungalow. This side view of the white stucco house shows that, too... if you can see through the tree foliage :)
|Remember to ignore that first (oh-so-beautifully-covered-over) window-- that's just part of the enclosed porch. |
The three expected windows are after that.
And, here's the back of our little white stucco GVT No. 301, showing the single back window, and little porch stoop off of the back entrance, and the vent chimney just about where you'd expect it:
|Love those deep, flared eaves!|
Next to the No. 301 is another bungalow... it's possible that it is a Gordon-Van Tine model, as well, but the side windows have been covered over, and the original dormer would have to have been removed, so we'll ignore that one, I guess. Too many ifs.
Traveling a little way down Old William Penn Parkway, Karen spotted this white brick Sears Mansfield. It has the decorative ironwork strapping on the door that we know is made by Sears, with its tell-tale curlycues at the hinge end:
|Sears Mansfield • 4100 Old Wm Penn Hwy, Murrysville, Pennsylvania|
|This is from the 1929 special brick supplement, from Sears. You can read about a number of brick-veneer Sears options, here, in this blog post of mine about the Sears Belmont (the brick version of the Lynnhaven ).|
Here's the excellent view of the Kilbourne, at 4088 Old Wm Penn Hwy:
|Soooo much better!|
I have no idea how Karen knows there is a Kilbourne back there... she drives on this road everyday, so I guess she was able to see it during the winter months.
EDIT: Wait! Karen shared a new photo with me :)
Here's the Sears Maplewood, at 4328 Old William Penn Hwy:
EDIT: Wait! Karen shared a new photo with me :)
|Sears Kilbourne, 4088 Old Wm Penn Hwy, Murrysville, PA|
Just before you get to the Maplewood, on the other side of the street, sits what looks to be a Gordon-Van Tine Cabot or Stratford or No. 633 -- depending on the year it was built. It looks to be the smaller of the two models, so it's the floorplan A. It does have the chimney inset into the house, instead of on the side of the house, so it's possible that it's not a GVT. But, the windows are right. We can never know for sure, without going inside, and/or having records of some kind.
|4403 Old Wm Penn Hwy, Murrysville, Pennsylvania • Gordon-Van Tine Cabot or Stratford|
|You can read about a probable Cabot-A in Litchfield, Illinois, in this blog post of mine.|
You can see an authenticated larger-floorplan (b) GVT Stratford, from 1928, in this blog post of mine about one found in Washington, D.C.
That's about it for this stretch of Old William Penn Highway in Murrysville, PA! I have another GVT No. 121 to show, in another state, along with a number of Aladdin homes nearby, but that will have to wait for another blog post.