August 19, 2014

A Tiny Cottage Purchased from the Gordon-Van Tine Catalog

340 Prospect Ave., Glen Ellyn. Photo courtesy of Realtor site.

No. 588 from Gordon-Van Tine.

The former owners believed this tiny bungalow is from Sears Roebuck. It is a kit house; however, it is from Gordon-Van Tine. The No. 588 was a small two-bedroom house, about 900 square feet. (Gordon-Van Tine produced an identical house for Montgomery Ward called the Claremont.)

The former homeowners put their front patio to use as additional living space. Photo courtesy of Realtor site.

Photo courtesy of Realtor site.

The homeowners knocked down the wall separating the dining room from the kitchen. Photo courtesy of Realtor site.

The house was completed in early 1924. The original owners were Fred Meyers, his wife, Ruth, and their newborn Charlotte. Fred was a salesman for a box company in Chicago. By 1930 the Meyers had moved to Indiana.

The delightful little cottage has been, erm, altered significantly.

340 Prospect Ave, GLEN ELLYN, IL 60137

340 Prospect Ave, GLEN ELLYN, IL 60137

According to the real estate listing, this house was a "Candidate for the Renovation of the Year Award 2016 presented annually by the Glen Ellyn Historic Preservation Commission!"

I welcome your comments.

1 comment:

Laraine Shape said...

Oh how sweet! Love it. They even have my favorite artist on the wall - Steinlen.

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