More Gordon-Van Tine Southern Bungalows

Today’s post will end our regular Thursday Craftsman-style series, but we’ll have more Craftsman posts pop up on an irregular basis because there are just too many great Craftsman buildings in Mississippi to ignore. These are just a sampling to complement last week’s post from Gordon-Van Tine’s Southern Homes, a c.1922 publication selling pre-cut kit bungalows produced at a factory in Hattiesburg. Of these, I’m partial to page 15 and 17. Which would you choose?




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See more of the plans and read about details like hardware and interior finish materials in the rest of the catalog, available in full at Scribd.

Categories: Architectural Research


9 replies

  1. Redlands, California (east of Riverside) is full of bungalows like this, and most are in immaculate condition.


  2. I used to live in a variation of no. 1502 in Purvis, Miss. There were minor differences, like the entrance was into the “closet” area, the fireplace was on the opposite exterior wall, closets and bath and kitchen fixtures were in different layouts, and there had been a door from the kitchen into the back “chamber.” It also came with stucco, a leaky front porch, a lean-to addition onto the back chamber, and mice (oh, and the day before we moved in, the toilet backed up from being clogged with roots), but we only lived there a year. Our three cats loved the mice. It also had a yard full of rose bushes and our neighbor across the street was named Catfish.


  3. Poplarville has many of these homes in the area between the college and Main Street.


  4. I’d like to see the Mennonite community here in the Prairie create a pre-cut home industry to replace the “rolling coffin” homes(mobile homes) that dot our Prairie. The homes that the Mennonites now build are architecturally bland–they look like God’s potato houses, but clad with brick– with 4/12 roof pitches. And with the Prairie in tornado alley, it would be wise for the FHA to require basements in the construction plans. Maybe even bring back cisterns.


  5. There were two Pre-cut mills in Hattiesburg to include the Aladdin Mill’s for Montgomery Ward. Could the Dr. J. J. Bethea’s Colonial Revival house(with a porte cache) be an Aladdin home? I visited a Van Tine home last week near the old plant site; the home is the only one left of the Van Tine worker’s Row homes on West Pine. There was in the 1950s a “Van Tine Galley of Homes” located on Highway 11(Broadway Drive.) I spoke with the son of a house mover that helped his father remove some of the homes(3) after the plant closing– one to Oak Grove Rd. and another to West Fourth. The West Fourth home is gone.

    The owner of the Van Tine on West Pine knew that there home was a Van Tine kit home when they found the company name on the lumber after the damaged porch reconstruction.The owner pointed out that the front porch exterior was cedar sided. The original porch was damaged and the pilasters replaced with square wood columns.. The owners said that the original porch banister top rail was “curved downward” and paneled solid with the cedar siding. I expect it could be described in fence terminology as ” concave shadow box with solid panels.” The roof had been replaced with a metal roof and I neglected to ask if there were cedar roof shingles. Since these were “kits” I expect that the shingles were cedar, heart pine solid or maybe cypress and sent with the kit? There’s not much cedar in South Mississippi. The interior looked period correct. I’ve directed the owners to the this website.


  6. There were two kit/ Knockdown home construction plants in Hattiesburg counting the Aladdin homes.


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