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The Aladdin Cumberland: 100 Years Old

In May 2014, we traveled to Wilmington, DE and Philadelphia, PA to do research at the Hagley Museum (Wilmington) and at the National Archives and Records Administration (Philadelphia).

Along the way, we stopped at Carney’s Point, New Jersey to check out some of the Aladdin kit homes.

There in Carney’s Point, we found an abundance of DuPont Houses (probably DuPont designs, but built with ready-cut materials ordered from Aladdin) and also Aladdin Kit Homes (Aladdin designs and Aladdin materials).

One of the models I saw in Carney’s Point that I had never seen before was the Aladdin “Cumberland.” This is such a pedestrian  foursquare that I’m now wondering how many of these I’ve overlooked in other places. There’s not a lot to distinguish this house from the tens of thousands of foursquares that cover America.

The house was offered in the 1914 and 1916 catalog. It’s likely that these houses in Carney’s Point were built in 1916, but they’re very close to the 100-year mark!

Hopefully, now that I’ve seen one live and in person, I shan’t miss another one!

Read about some of the other houses I’ve found in Carney’s Point here, and here.

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1914

The Cumberland, as seen in the 1914 catalog.

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1914

View from the staircase side. BTW, the house was built about six minutes ago, and that lattice work uner the porch deck already looks pretty crummy.

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1914

View from another side (1914 catalog). Lattice work looks worse on this side.

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1916

The Cumberland's living room (1916 catalog). Love the couch!

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1914

Traditional floorplan for a foursquare (1914).

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1916

"Sensible" equals uh, well, "pedestrian" (from the 1916 catalog).

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uddated

An undated view of Carney's Point. That's a Cumberland on the far right (foreground).

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1914

Staircase side (1914)

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Milto

This photo shows why it's so difficult to identify these houses a few decades later! Look at all the changes this house has endured through the years. Three fine windows - gone. At least that crummy lattice work has been repaired.

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milton

Another Cumberland on Shell Road in Carney's Point. Photo is copyright 2014 Milton H. Crum and may not be used or reproduced without written permission. So there.

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other side 1914

View from the other side (1914).

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other ilton

At least this side is a better match to the original catalog image. Photo is copyright 2014 Milton H. Crum and may not be used or reproduced without written permission.

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House house

That dormer is unfortunate. Who thought *that* was a good idea? :( Photo is copyright 2014 Milton H. Crum and may not be used or reproduced without written permission.

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BGunches

Long view of the many Aladdin kit homes on Shell Road in Carney's Point. In the foreground is an Aladdin Cumberland, followed by an Aladdin Georgia, Aladdin Amherst, Aladdin Gerogia and another Cumberland. Photo is copyright 2014 Milton H. Crum and may not be used or reproduced without written permission.

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To read more about DuPont and why they were in Carney’s Point, click here.

To read about Penniman, Virginia’s Own Ghost City, click here.

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  1. Laura
    August 24th, 2014 at 22:30 | #1

    Hi,
    Do you know if this is a Sears Home Kit?
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/109-N-Swarthmore-Ave-Ventnor-City-NJ-08406/37844401_zpid/
    The whole block of houses was built in 1928 I think and they look like they were built from the same house plan.
    Thank you!
    Laura

  2. Akon
    August 29th, 2014 at 10:07 | #2

    The cutest milk carton ever! Possibly my new favorite four square.

  3. kate
    September 7th, 2014 at 13:36 | #3

    Every image I want to see on your site says “upgrade account on photobucket” — can you get this fixed, its that you have to pay photobucket or else move your photos elsewhere for long term availability to visitors to your site.

    You’ve got a great site but the photos are crucial in it.

  4. September 8th, 2014 at 10:18 | #4

    Yeah, that was a surprise. I was out of town for seven days with very limited internet access. However, I gave Photobucket some money to upgrade account, and it looks like it’s been fixed.

    I hope.

  5. Tara
    October 21st, 2014 at 14:24 | #5

    I lived in a “Dupont” Cumberland for 7 years, as differentiated from the Aladdin Cumberlands!

    Built 1918 for the Old Hickory Powder Plant.

  6. Jennifer
    April 10th, 2016 at 18:17 | #6

    I happened upon your website/blog and noticed “The Virginia” and “The Cumberland” both homes by Aladdin, I believe.

    They both resemble the home my grandfather built after a fire claimed the home they lived in.

    While I’ve recognized many similar homes like my grandparent’s home, they lacked a sunroom in the front, next to the porch. Plus our’s has two double window dormers in the attic.

    It wasn’t until now that I’ve began wondering if my grandfather built a kit home; however, the house is red brick instead of having siding.

    My mother and aunts have passed away, now I find myself with many question, out of curiosity, and nobody living to answer them. Could you possibly help me?

    I have a picture of our family home to send if you can help. Thank you!

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