O House Kits
O Tower House
The Tower House is based on a catalog design by Palliser, Palliser & Co, Architects of Bridgeport CT. Originally shown in their 1878 catalog, it offered a comfortable, convenient cottage home of six rooms, with Tower, which is designed to command a view of the surrounding country where erected. Cost, $ 1,700.
Our O housing boom continues with this unfinished home yet to be completed. The framing is in, the plywood is going on and before long the building will be closed in.
Kit includes wood parts with one piece walls featuring tab-and-slot construction for an easy to build but yet incredibly detailed structure.
*HO Model Shown
O Thelma House
The Thelma is another classic compact catalog house from the 1917 Aladdin catalog which featuring a covered corner front porch that gave shelter when fumbling for your house keys during that ill timed downpour. This house could fit pretty much anywhere across the country and should be able to find a spot on virtually any layout.
O Drayton House
The Drayton house is based on a plan shown in the 1917 Aladdin catalog. Alladin was based in Bay City, Michigan. They offered house kits shipped from their plant to the job site that included all lumber, hardware, nails, and even enough paint for two coats. The home buyer was responsible for any masonry materials needed. Aladdin offered a number of home plans ranging in size from hunter’s cottages to large multi-bedroom designs. The Drayton was one of Aladdin’s smaller designs. This compact design listed at $218.00 for the complete kit, but a 5% discount was offered if the buyer paid in advance, bringing the total to $207.00!
The Finley house is based on a plan shown in the 1917 Aladdin catalog. They advertised this home as "being popular with the owner of any sized lot, yet it finds special favor in cities where lots are sometimes as narrow as 30, or even 25 feet. The Finley can be built very nicely on a 25 foot lot and still leave ample space for a walk on either side…..Those wanting a sixroom, two story plain house are invariably pleased with the Finley."
O Hudson Garage
In addition to houses many catalog home companies offered outbuildings as well. One of the most popular additions would have been a garage to protect the family’s fine motor car. The Bennet Company was one firm that offered several varieties of garages. They were named after popular cars of the day, and all were said to be “well lighted, snug, substantial. Liberal space for cars, with working space aplenty at the sides.” Now you can own these excellent HO versions of these classic garages.