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Historic Houses of Charleston

948 Ridgemont


This South Hills house was built in the early 1900s from a kit manufactured by an Iowa company called Gordon-Van Tine. Dozens of homes around the city have been identified as kit, or catalog, homes. Sears, Montgomery Ward, and other companies sold the kits through their catalogs in the early 20th century. A kit, filling an entire boxcar, would be shipped by rail to its destination, and the buyer was responsibile for getting it to its destination. A West Virginia company, Minter Homes Corporation in Huntington, manufactured and sold kit homes. Minter produced much of the housing for the town of Nitro.

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