Friday, September 1, 2017

Aladdin's Homes For Bristol Brass Company

Aladdin houses Bristol CT Bristol Brass Company
From page 114 of the Schweitzer/Davis book, America's Favorite Homes, available here on Google books.

In 1916, the now defunct Bristol Brass Company, in Bristol, Connecticut, ordered 35 ready-cut homes from Aladdin Homes, all to be built in a neighborhood of five parallel streets near the plant. You might think that I learned about these homes from reading the book, America's Favorite Homes, which I cite above, but, really, it all started with a newspaper article mentioning August V. Anstett's "Sears house" in Torrington, Connecticut. Let me explain.

I recently did a Google search for newspaper articles about Sears homes, and included modern-day issues in my search.  One article I came across, in the February 6, 2001 edition of the Hartford Courant, was entitled, "Mail-Order Houses".  Staff writer Jesse Leavenworth included a nice bit about the Anstett family's "Sears house" in Torrington, Connecticut.  Hubert Anstett recalled his father, August Anstett, ordering a house in 1926 from Sears, and shared his memories of lying in bed, hearing his father, and a carpenter they had hired, pounding nails and working on building the house.
sears house that is an aladdin house

sears house that is an aladdin house
Page D4 of the Hartford Courant, Feb. 6, 2001
I set out to find the Anstetts' house, to add to our growing National Database of Sears homes. Information from Ancestry.com helped me find the address: 215 New Litchfield Road, Torrington, Ct. Trouble was, the house there was not a Sears model.  

sears house that is an aladdin house
215 New Litchfield Road, Torrington, CT
Aladdin Adams model, built by August V. Anstett

Aladdin Adams model in catalog
The Adams as it appeared in the 1924 Aladdin Homes catalog.
I moved on, disappointed, and decided to check out information in the rest of the article, that mentioned the Bristol Brass Company having ordered a number of houses from Aladdin, to be built in Bristol, Connecticut.  So, I thought I'd check our Aladdin sales list records, to see what we had for Connecticut. And, what did I spy? A listing for August V. Anstett, of Torrington, CT, who, in 1924, had ordered an Aladdin kit for a big two-story colonial, the Adams model, with a Ford model garage to go with it! So, all these years, the Anstett family has thought that their family's kit home was ordered from Sears... but, no, it was actually ordered from a different kit-home/mail-order home company, Aladdin Homes.  
august anstett aladdin home not sears home
August V. Anstett's listing on our Aladdin sales list records, obtained for us by Andrew and Wendy Mutch, and transcribed for us by Wendy.
That was a fun find--but, it didn't surprise any of us too much to find out that it was a different kit-house company that the Anstetts had used, nor that the family has always thought of their house as "a Sears house".  That's because, so often, the term "Sears house" is used by anyone who hears of a house that they understand to have been ordered as a kit, and shipped via train and truck to the building site, in the early decades of the 1900s.  When people say this, we're not even sure if they know that "Sears house" would refer to a house kit sold by Sears... we think that maybe some people just think that's a generic term for a kit house.  Most people aren't aware that there were other companies, anyway.  So, this is yet another example of that mistake.  Sometimes in articles like this, we'll see a family interviewed, saying that they know that they have a Sears house, but they've never been able to match it to a model in the catalogs.  That's usually because it was either a kit from a different company, or because the family actually bought only the building supplies from Sears, but not the house plans (blueprints).  That's why we are so interested in documenting and publicizing this unique part of Americana.

The 35 Aladdin Homes Built For Bristol Brass Company
But, one great thing about running across this mistaken mention of a Sears house, is that the article also quoted Robert Schweitzer, co-author (along with Michael W. R. Davis) of the book America's Favorite Homes: Mail-Order Catalogues As A Guide To Popular Early 20th-Century Houses , as saying that the Bristol Brass Company, of Bristol Connecticut, had ordered a large number of Aladdin houses many decades ago... and the article gave a general indication of where they were built: "near Routes 72 and 229...located on four parallel streets". 
Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT neighborhood
Well, it didn't take long to find four parallel streets near that area. And, actually, the houses turn out to be located on five of those streets: 1st Street, 2nd Street, 3rd Street, 4th Street, and 5th Street. They're all still there, and they are in remarkably good condition, having all been built in 1916, over 100 years ago.

Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT

Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
Snippet from the February 6, 2001 issue of the Hartford Courant, page D4.
I found 25 or 26 different models, and most all of the 35 houses ordered by Bristol Brass Company, still standing-- as well as additional Aladdin homes that are not on the original 1916 sales list (which I have now received from the Clarke Library, after writing this blog post). Sprinkled in among them are a few modern-day split-level houses, and a number of shotgun-style bungalows that I'm not sure are Aladdins.  Since the Schweitzer/Davis book mentions the purchase of 35 homes (at a 20% discount for volume!), and I found 35 Aladdin model homes not counting the little shotgun bungalows, I think those bungalows were not part of that original purchase. They're hard to see, covered by lots of foliage, and every kit and non-kit company made similar-looking little homes, so it would be hard to pin them down. Instead, I concentrated on the bigger houses that I knew had to have been the homes from the original order.

EDIT: Since writing this blog post a couple of weeks ago, I have received a copy of the original 1916 sales list, from the Clarke Historical Library, at Central Michigan University. The list shows me that there were two Florence models purchased, though I only find one left in this neighborhood (recognizable as a Florence, anyway); a Stanhope model (and I may see two homes in the neighborhood that could be Stanhopes, but I'm not sure); and a Forsyth model (I see one that may be a Forsyth, now with an enclosed front entry, but I'm not certain). Also, a Cumberland model was purchased, and I'm not sure that I see that one left in this neighborhood.

Bristol Brass Company purchase of Aladdin homes 1916 sales list


The Houses
Since there are so many houses to show, I'll just get right to that, without further ado.  Click on any image to enlarge it. And, please note that Google maps Streetview was horribly grainy (2007 era), so I used Bing Maps to see the houses and get images of them.  In a few instances, I've also included a poor resolution Google maps image, to show a better comparison, or to show a feature hidden by the Bing maps view.

The Charleston
There are two Charleston model houses, one is blue, and one is white. 

Aladdin Charleston Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
The Charleston in the 1916 Aladdin catalog, and the house today, at 9, 2nd Street
Aladdin Charleston Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT


Aladdin Charleston Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT

Aladdin Charleston Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT

Aladdin Charleston Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
The second of the two examples of the Charleston model, at 20, 1st Street.
The Wilmont
The Wilmont is a model that I hadn't seen before. This is a lovely example. This model is not on the original sales list from 1916, so it must have been purchased separately, or later.
Aladdin Wilmont Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
The Wilmont in the 1916 Aladdin catalog, and the example at 14, 4th Street.

Aladdin Wilmont Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT

Aladdin Wilmont Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT

Aladdin Wilmont Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
The Wilmont in the 1917 Aladdin Homes catalog.
The Washington
I've never seen a Washington before, either -- I'm not sure if it was in later catalogs, but it is in the 1916 catalog. EDITThis model is not on the original sales list from 1916, so it must have been purchased separately, or later.
Aladdin Washington Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
The Washington in the 1916 Aladdin catalog, and standing today, at 51, 4th Street (Bristol County Assessor photo).
Aladdin Washington Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT

Aladdin Washington Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT

The Strathmore
There is one example of this model, and here it is in the 1916 catalog:
Aladdin Strathmore Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT


Aladdin Strathmore Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
Aladdin Strathmore at 6, 2nd Street 
Aladdin Strathmore Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT

Aladdin Strathmore Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
Aladdin Strathmore floor plan
The Vassar
This model has similar lines to the larger Aladdin Plaza, and it looks to have been discontinued after 1916.
Aladdin Vassar Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
The Vassar in the 1916 catalog, and standing today, at 4, 2nd Street. The Bristol house was built without a fireplace.

Aladdin Vassar Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
Aladdin Vassar Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT

Aladdin Vassar Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT

The Rosewood
This model was not on the original 1916 sales list, so it must have been purchased separately, or later.
Aladdin Rosewood Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
The Rosewood in the 1916 catalog, and standing today, at 24, 4th Street.

Aladdin Rosewood Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT

Aladdin Rosewood Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
The Rosewood has similar lines to the smaller Sears Lebanon, offered from about 1918-1922:
Sears Lebanon catalog image
Sears offered the similar Lebanon model. Here it is in the 1921 catalog.
The Yale
There are two Yale examples in this Bristol neighborhood, both are white with brick-red shutters.  One of them has had the triple upper-front windows replaced with two matching-size windows.
Aladdin Yale Aladdin Portland Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
Standing today, a Yale at 25, 1st Street, and the Yale model shown in the 1919 catalog.
Aladdin Yale Aladdin Portland Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
This house, at 15, 2nd Street, has the original 3-part upper windows on the front.
It also looks to be a bit wider than the standard Yale,
judging by the space around the two windows on the first floor porch area.

Aladdin Yale Aladdin Portland Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT

Aladdin Yale Aladdin Portland Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT

The Yale was in previous catalogs as the Portland:
Aladdin Yale Aladdin Portland Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
The Detroit
The one example of the Detroit, is on 3rd Street:
Aladdin Detroit Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
The Detroit, still standing, at 16, 3rd Street, and as shown in the 1916 catalog.
They opted to omit the fireplace.
Aladdin Detroit Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
Aladdin Detroit Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT

The Warren
This Warren is shown, in the catalog, with a dormer. We know of homes that have had their dormers removed during a re-roofing or re-habbing, although it's also possible that this one, on 2nd Street, may simply have been ordered without the dormer.
Aladdin Warren Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
The Warren in the 1919 catalog, and standing today, at 26, 2nd Street.

Aladdin Warren Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
This house was available in a Zillow ad (it last sold for $50,000, in 2011), so this photo, and the one below, are from that listing.

Aladdin Warren Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT

Aladdin Warren Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT

You know the old saying, "Location, location, location."  Well, an enlarged Aladdin Warren, from 1923, sold in July of 2017, in Takoma Park, Maryland, for $721,000 -- and that was about $200,000 over the original asking price.  Take a look at a few shots, below, and then visit this blog post by DC area realtor, Catarina Bannier, to see more:
Aladdin Warren
7129 Sycamore Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland • 1923 Aladdin Warren

Aladdin Warren Maryland

Aladdin Warren Maryland


The Michigan
There are two Michigans in this neighborhood, and both are a bit hidden using Streetview. Fortunately, assessor photos, and a real estate photo, help us get a better look. Aladdin didn't offer many of these farmhouse-type models, so it was very interesting to find these two.

Aladdin Michigan Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
The Michigan in the 1916 Aladdin catalog.


Aladdin Michigan Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT

The Michigan, in the 1918 catalog.

Aladdin Michigan Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
The Michigan standing today at 28, 3rd Street. (Bristol County Assessor's office photo)

Aladdin Michigan Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT

Aladdin Michigan Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
This is the Michigan's floor plan in the 1916 catalog.
The 1915 catalog has a few small differences,
such as an exit door from the back wall of the kitchen,
instead of the right side wall of the house.
The second Michigan is 2nd Street, at just about the same spot on the block. I found a listing for it on Realtor.com, and so I have a few interior shots, too:

Aladdin Michigan Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
Aladdin Michigan •  22,  2nd Street

Aladdin Michigan Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT

Aladdin Michigan Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT

Aladdin Michigan Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT

Aladdin Michigan Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
Such beautiful wood floors!
Here is the back of the house on 2nd street.  This doesn't really look right for a Michigan back here, if it's following the 1916 catalog's floor plan. There shouldn't be a back door, and the windows aren't right at all. 

However, the 1915 catalog shows a floor plan that does have a back door from the kitchen... only the kitchen is on the other side of this back area. I still think these two homes are the Michigan model, but I couldn't, initially, explain these anomalies. Given that this is a big neighborhood of Aladdin homes, and, especially, that there are two of this model house, and located in about the same spot on each of their respective blocks, it seems likely that these would have been part of the set of kits bought.
Aladdin Michigan Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT

Aladdin Michigan Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
So, here is the slightly different floor plan that was offered in the earlier catalogs.
This does show a back door off of the kitchen.
Here, I think, is the explanation: The real estate photos show the kitchen to have new-style, modern, triple windows, and a re-working of the kitchen, so that explains the windows.
Aladdin Michigan Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
This, then, shows what really looks like an added door coming right out of the dining room. That was probably not original, and it was probably moved out of the kitchen, and placed there, instead, when they re-configured the kitchen layout. They must have still wanted a back door, so they just moved it to the dining room's back wall.
Aladdin Michigan Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT

The Rochester
There are two Rochester examples in this neighborhood. This house on 1st Street looks to be an Aladdin Rochester without a chimney, and with a half-width porch. It has also been turned into a two-family home.
Aladdin Rochester Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
5,  1st Street • Aladdin Rochester

Aladdin Rochester Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
The 1916 floor plan shows the bumpout on the right side, which you can see in the image below.

Aladdin Rochester Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
There is the expected side bump out of the Rochester model.

Aladdin Rochester Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
The floor plan shows that the main entry door sits in a bit of a protruding vestibule--that's visible here for the left-side door.  The door to the right, and the two mailboxes, show that this has been turned into a two-family structure.
There is another Rochester, located on 3rd Street.  It has the full front porch, and the Bristol County Assessor's photo shows enough of the left side for us to make out the two sets of double windows upstairs on that side, and the chimney (which is set inside the house, instead of being on the outside). The front windows, as well as the right-side elevation bump out (in a bedroom, which is unusual), help make the ID as a Rochester .
Aladdin Rochester Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
22, 3rd StreetRochester
Aladdin Rochester Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
And, there's the bedroom bump out, and the correct windows for this side.
The Standard
Another big American four-square model offered by Aladdin, is the Standard. There are two in this Bristol neighborhood: one with a partial front porch (as shown in the catalog), and one with a full front porch.

Aladdin Standard Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
5,  3rd Street • Aladdin Standard

Aladdin Standard Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT

Here is the Standard, in the 1918 catalog, showing the side entry elevation:
Image courtesy of Daily Bungalow
And, here is that view, on the house at No. 5, 3rd Street:

Aladdin Standard Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
Aladdin Standard Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
And, on 1st Street, at Number 11:
Aladdin Standard Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
11,  1st Street • Aladdin Standard, or Virginia

Aladdin Standard Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
It's possible that this one is actually a Virginia, without the side bay window (see below).
It's also possible that it's not one of the Aladdin houses, because a real estate listing gives it a 1930 build date.
Build dates are notoriously wrong, though, so who knows.  
The Virginia
The Virginia is another four-square model, though it is distinguishable by its side bay window, which opens up the entry area nicely.

Aladdin Virginia Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
The Virginia, in the 1916 Aladdin catalog, and the Virginia sitting today at 14,  2nd Street.
Aladdin Virginia Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
There's the nice entry area of the Virginia, with its bay window.
The entry area meets up with the living room, to stretch across the front of the house.
Aladdin Virginia Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
From the 1919 or 1922 catalog.
Aladdin Virginia Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT

Aladdin Virginia Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
Aladdin Virginia Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
From the Bristol County Assessor's files.

The Hudson
The Hudson is yet another four-square model.  This one has two sets of double windows on the left side elevation, first floor, and a large single window on the front porch.  The house in Bristol, on 1st Street, has an enclosed front porch, so you can't see that front window, but you can see, on the right-side elevation, a set of double windows in the back half of the house, on the first floor.
Aladdin Hudson Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
12,  1st Street • Aladdin Hudson

Aladdin Hudson Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT

Aladdin Hudson Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
Aladdin Hudson Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
The Sheridan
Moving on to a few of the smaller houses, there are two Sheridan models in this Bristol neighborhood. The first one here, on 1st Street, has had the spacious front porch enclosed. The Sheridan was offered with two floor plan options, and both of these Bristol examples are the Number 2 floor plan, with its bump out in the dining room.
Aladdin Sheridan Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
The Sheridan, in the 1916 catalog, and the Sheridan sitting at number 8, 1st Street, with its enclosed front porch.

Aladdin Sheridan Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
Our second Sheridan has retained its open front porch.  It sits at number 5, 2nd Street.

Aladdin Sheridan Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
The 2nd Street Sheridan, showing off it dining room bump out, its little side dormer, and some cute shutters.

Aladdin Sheridan Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
The floor plan on the right, Plan No. 2, is the plan that both of our Bristol examples have.

Aladdin Sheridan Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
Side windows follow the floor plan.

Aladdin Sheridan Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT

Here is the most recent assessor's photo:
Aladdin Sheridan Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
Gone is the original wood siding, and I really miss the deep eaves of the dormers.

The Burbank
This house on 1st Street has had its front porch enclosed.  In the (grainy) 2007 Google streetview image, you can see that it was still something of a sun porch, enclosed all around with glass windows. Now, in the most recent Bing maps view, it shows that the house has had that front porch enclosed with wood siding and only a few windows, and the house has been painted a lighter color.
Aladdin Burbank Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
29, 1st Street • Aladdin Burbank (image from 2007 Google streetview)

Aladdin Burbank Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
The same house, more recently, seen on Bing maps streetview.
In the 1915 catalog, this model was marketed as the Royton:
Aladdin Burbank Aladdin Royton Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT

Aladdin Burbank Aladdin Royton Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
The Florence
Here is the Florence model, with its simple lines, and wide, flat, shed-roof dormer, on 2nd Street. This is another house that has had its front porch enclosed. (EDIT: I have now received the sales record from the Clarke Library, and I see that there were originally two Florence models purchased. There is only one remaining in this neighborhood, unless a dormer was removed.)


Aladdin Florence Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
27, 3rd Street • Aladdin Florence
 Aladdin Florence Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT


Aladdin Florence Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
The Edison
Everyone who knows Aladdin homes, knows the Edison. This one, with its enclosed front porch, loses some of its charm, but the lines of the roof and the dormer, and the placement of the side windows, make it most likely to be an Edison.
Aladdin Edison Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
32, 2nd Street • Aladdin Edison
The set of double windows that you see toward the front of the left side, are not shown on the floor plan, because they are part of the now-enclosed front porch.

Aladdin Edison Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT

Aladdin Edison Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT

Aladdin Edison Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT

The Winthrop
Another well-known Aladdin model is the Winthrop. There is only one example in this Bristol neighborhood, nonetheless. Once again, the front porch has been enclosed. EDITThis model is not on the original sales list from 1916, so it must have been purchased separately, or later.
Aladdin Winthrop Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
Bristol County Assessor photo
Aladdin Winthrop Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
34, 5th Street • Aladdin Winthrop
Aladdin Winthrop Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
Yet another enclosed front porch!
The Duplex
I have now received a copy of the sales listing, from the Clarke Library, and we see that there was one Duplex model ordered in 1916.  The Duplex is a large, multi-family structure.  Though only one was ordered in 1916, I find two in this neighborhood.
aladdin duplex 36 4th street bristol ct
No. 36, Fourth Street : Aladdin Duplex, now with enclosed front porches (Bristol County Assessor photo)
1916 Aladdin catalog image

aladdin duplex floor plan 1916 catalog
The Aladdin Duplex floor plan, 1916 catalog

aladdin duplex 36 4th street bristol ct

aladdin duplex 36 4th street bristol ct

And, a second Duplex on Third Street:
Aladdin DuplexNo. 15 & No. 17, Third Street

aladdin duplex 15 third street bristol ct bristol brass company
Obviously, we can see that it has had a large addition put on.

aladdin duplex 15 third street bristol ct bristol brass company
Despite the two-story addition, you can see that the windows on this side work.
The Devon
Thanks to a contact comment from a reader of this blog post, we've discovered an additional two-family Aladdin structure in Bristol, CT, The Devon. This one is at No. 50, Fifth Street. I'm excited to add that to this post! The original sales order does not list a Devon, and the Devon is not shown in the 1916 Aladdin catalog, but it is shown in the 1918 catalog, so it may have been ordered by Bristol Brass Company later on, or was simply added to the neighborhood by a developer. Here's a little glimpse at the interior of one of the apartments.
1918 catalog image of Aladdin Devon two- family building
Here is the Devon in the 1918 catalog.

Aladdin Devon two- family building from 1918 at 50 Fifth St Bristol CT
Aladdin Devon mutli-family house, No. 50, Fifth Street, Bristol, CT
The Finley
The simple, two-story Finley is found on two streets in this neighborhood.  Both are on corner lots, at the end of the street.
Aladdin Finley Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
First, we have the corner-lot house at 39, 2nd Street. Grainy 2007 Google streetview shots will have to do, as the hedges all around have now grown so tall, that you can't see much of the house with Bing maps.

Aladdin Finley Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
Side and front windows work for the floor plan.

Aladdin Finley Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT

The second example is on 1st Street, and, like the 2nd Street house, is the last house on the block.
Aladdin Finley Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
33, 1st Street • Aladdin Finley
The Carolina
There are two Carolina models, and they are both yellow, just like the catalog image. One is on 2nd Street, and one is on 3rd Street.
Aladdin Carolina Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
The Carolina, as it was shown in the 1922 catalog.
There were two floor plans available that year, including the only one that was available in 1916.
The yellow image above, shows the larger, and newer, of those two floor plans--
the two sets of double windows on this side are shown only on the newer floor plan. That plan was 26 X 30.
Aladdin Carolina Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
And, here it is in the 1916 catalog.
This earlier version was 26' X 26'
Aladdin Carolina Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
The Carolina here at 34, 3rd Street, shows the left elevation's window patterns.
The front gable three-part window is still there, but the two small windows that should be on either side, have been lost. 
Aladdin Carolina Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
This right side elevation shows the side roof dormer we see in the 1922 catalog image, and also shows the window and side-door configuration shown in the early floor plan from 1916.  Aladdin also showed available add-ons, such as this side-entry porch, in the catalogs, so this may have been added at build time, or may have been added sometime in the 100 years after.

The second Carolina in the neighborhood retains its small gable windows, but has lost the main three-part window up in the center of the gable.  This assessor's photo shows the enclosed front porch, and other changes that may have been made at the time of re-siding.  The dormer window looks smaller (one small window, instead of two), and we've lost a window and the side entry door!
Aladdin Carolina Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
21, 2nd StreetCarolina
The Suburban
This house on 1st Street seems to match well to the Suburban model shown in the 1916 catalog. Now that I have seen the original 1916 sales list, thanks to the Clarke Library, I see that two Suburban models were purchased.  There doesn't seem to be a second one still standing in this neighborhood.
Aladdin Suburban Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
17, 2nd Street
The Bristol County Assessor's files give this a 1925 build date.
It may (or may not) have been built after the initial Aladdin homes, but it sure looks to be an Aladdin Suburban.

Aladdin Suburban Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT

Aladdin Suburban Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT

The Hamilton
There are two Hamilton models, one on 2nd Street, and one on 3rd Street. The house on 2nd Street had the front porch enclosed, until a recent re-habbing job which opened up the porch, but vinylized over two areas of windows. I never can understand the choice to lose windows.
Aladdin Hamilton Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
27, 2nd Street • Aladdin Hamilton
The house no longer looks like this.
Aladdin Hamilton Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
Here it is in the 1916 catalog, and more recently, but before they put new siding on, and un-enclosed the front porch.



Aladdin Hamilton Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
And, here it is now, on the left. Pop-up side dormer windows gone, as well as a big front window that should be on the front porch, to the left of the door.
The second Hamilton is at 38, 3rd Street:
Aladdin Hamilton Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT

Aladdin Hamilton Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT

The Roland
Aladdin Roland Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
30, 5th Street.  Aladdin Roland.
Another house that had dormer windows, and a triple window here on the right, covered over or replaced with a single, smaller, window. From Bristol County Assessor's file 

Aladdin Roland Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
The Roland from the 1916 Aladdin catalog, and today, at 30, 5th Street

Aladdin Roland Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
This floor plan shows a set of triple windows in the kitchen, but they are gone now, sadly.
The Georgia
The Aladdin Georgia model comes in two sizes, with the identical floor plan. The larger Georgia (Georgia 2) is two feet wider, and two feet deeper, than the smaller size (Georgia 1). According to the Bristol County Assessor's files, the two Georgias in this neighborhood are both 24' wide X 18' deep, which makes them the smaller of the two sizes. EDIT: This model was not on the original 1916 sales list, so it must have been bought by Bristol Brass Company later, or by individual owners.
Aladdin Georgia Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
19, 4th Street and The Georgia No. 1 in Aladdin's 1916 catalog.

Aladdin Georgia Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT

Aladdin Georgia Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT

Aladdin Georgia Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
This is the most recent photo of 19, 4th Street,
showing a new color, and solar panels covering the roof.
(Bristol CountyAssessor's files.)

Aladdin Georgia Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
The floor plans are identical, but Georgia No. 1 is smaller than Georgia No. 2.

Aladdin Georgia Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
The catalog shows the look of the Georgia's living room. Lots of windows!
The second of the two Georgias in this neighborhood, is on 5th Street:
Aladdin Georgia Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT
42, 5th Street (Bristol County Assessor photo)
Aladdin Georgia Bristol Brass Company Aladdin houses Bristol CT

Other Models That Were Purchased
The Forsyth,  Stanhope, Raymond, and Cumberland were also part of the original 1916 purchase.


The Forsyth

aladdin forsyth 1916 catalog


No. 24, Third Street.
(Image from Bristol County Assessor)
This home at No. 24, Third Street could possibly be the Forsyth, now with enclosed entry area. The Bristol County Assessor's website shows a footprint that could work for the Forsyth.
The Stanhope and the Raymond have the same window configurations on the sides. The possibilities that I found, in this neighborhood, have enclosed front porches, so I can't tell if they are Stanhopes or Raymonds, or neither.

aladdin stanhope 1916 catalog

aladdin raymond 1916 catalog

This house at No. 38, Second Street, could possibly be either the Stanhope, with a different porch roof option, or the Raymond, with a porch added.


Bristol County Assessor photo, No. 38, Second Street

No. 38, Second Street • You can see the sets of double windows on this left side.
The Cumberland
I didn't find a four-square type house with just this side and dormer window configuration, so I'm not sure if this model is still in the neighborhood. It might be, but I'm not sure.

Street-by-Street List Of Aladdin Houses
1st Street:
No. 5:   Rochester
No. 8:   Sheridan
No. 11: Standard
No. 12: Hudson
No. 17: Suburban
No. 20: Charleston
No. 25: Yale
No. 29: Burbank
No. 33: Finley

2nd Street:
No. 4:   Vassar
No. 5:   Sheridan
No. 6:   Strathmore
No. 9:   Charleston
No. 14: Virginia
No. 15: Yale
No. 21:  Carolina
No. 22: Michigan
No. 26: Warren
No. 27: Hamilton
No. 32: Edison
No. 39: Finley

3rd Street:
No. 5:   Standard
No. 15 & 17:  Duplex
No. 16: Detroit
No. 22: Rochester
No. 28: Michigan
No. 27: Florence
No. 38: Hamilton
No. 34: Carolina

4th Street:
No. 14:   Wilmont*
No. 19:   Georgia*
No. 24:   Rosewood*
No. 36:   Duplex
No. 51:   Washington*

5th Street:
No. 30:  Roland
No. 34:  Winthrop
No. 42:  Georgia*

* Not on the original 1916 sales list, so must have been purchased later, by Bristol Brass Company, or separately, by a private owner.

Summary
So, I have documented 35 Aladdin houses still standing here in the neighborhood of Aladdin homes bought by Bristol Brass Company -- possibly 36, if you count the possible New Eden.  They cover 25 different models (26 if you count the possible New Eden). Schweitzer wrote that his research showed that 35 houses had been bought in 1916 by Bristol Brass Company for this neighborhood. The county assessor files give build dates for most of these houses as 1915, 1916, 1918, and then a few given as 1920s or even 1930. Surely, not all of these 35 or 36 houses were under construction at the same time, so maybe they were built through a two or three year period. Possibly the 1915 date for one was the date that the lot was bought. And, perhaps those that were listed with build dates in the 1920s or 1930, are in error... or, perhaps some of the bungalows that I ignored were actually part of the original purchase of 35 houses, and those others were actually built later.  I just know that this is one spectacular display of well kept-up kit houses, and I am thrilled to have been able to document them.

Want to know more about Aladdin homes?
This blog post at Sears Homes of Chicagoland blog gives a good background on the company
This previous blog post of mine explores a neighborhood in Greensboro, NC, with a number of Aladdin Homes bought by a big cotton man, J. E. Latham
Visit this link to peruse the Aladdin Homes catalogs online, housed by the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.

2 comments:

  1. Do you have any information on a building on #50 Fifth st. Bristol, CT. I believe it was built and maybe modified for a school for Bristol Brass Corp ? Any information would be dearly appreciated slbrooks@snet.net

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    1. I did not have any information on that house, but I do, now, thanks to your comment! This looks to be the Aladdin Devon, a two-family structure offered in the 1918 catalog. I added it to the blog post, right under the "Duplex" listing, with an image of it from the catalog. Thank you very much for the information!

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