We drove down Ibsen Street to see this plan book house from Home Builders Catalog.
|7312 W. Ibsen St., Chicago.|
|The Danbury from Home Builders Catalog.|
Now for the serendipitous part of the story. We continued to drive down Ibsen and stumbled across this pretty Gordon-Van Tine Patrician model in brick veneer that I never noticed before.
|7211 W. Ibsen St., Chicago.|
|The Gordon-Van Tine Patrician in brick veneer, from the 1931 catalog.|
Gordon-Van Tine and Montgomery Ward sold the same house models. The Patrician was also sold by Wards and called the Newport.
|The Montgomery Ward Newport.|
This Patrician/Newport was built around 1930-1931. The original owners were Ward W. Rowe and his new bride, Dorothy. He worked in sales for the Messenger Paper Company. The house cost roughly $12,000 to build. (Ward hailed from Davenport, Iowa where Gordon-Van Tine was headquartered, so I suspect this house is a Patrician.) The Rowes listed the house for sale in fall of 1940.