I ran across this house yesterday… it appears to be a Gordon-Van Tine product, but I’m not exactly sure which of the many variations of this design it is. I think it is the Cabot “A” model. There is one clue above the door that makes me confident that this is a GVT house and not a knock-off. This design was also marketed as the Stratford. Montgomery Ward’s Wardway homes, manufactured by GVT, marketed this same design as the Mayflower and Mount Vernon. Maybe you can help me determine precisely which house this is:
The Cabot was available in two different floor plans. This page is from the 1936 “Book of Homes” by Gordon-Van Tine. Note the sidelights flanking the door and the oval decoration above the door. Image courtesy of archive.org.
This house has not evaded alterations. Replacement siding has covered over the original sidelights; notice how far away the flanking wall-mounted porch lamps seem to be from the door. If the door’s sidelights were intact, the lamp locations would make sense. The ramp and railing are obviously recent alterations. The original porch columns appear to have been replaced. There is no fireplace chimney, one of the many ways this house differs from catalog depictions. Changes to the wall above the door will be seen in greater detail below.
The left side showing window spacing which varies slightly from the catalog plan.
The right side shows a double window in the living room in lieu of the fireplace chimney.
A “ghost” of the original oval design can be seen in paint build-up. The ornament was likely removed when the siding was installed and new trim was placed above the door. The dentil-like molding in the gable matches that of other Cabots.
An aerial view (courtesy of Google). Note the short extension at the back of the house.
The aerial view above mirrors the Cabot “A” plan. Any insight or confirmation would be appreciated! Image courtesy of archive.org.