The Veblen House is a 1920s prefab brought to Princeton by J.P. Whiton-Stuart around 1930 from New York or Morristown, NJ, and then worked on by a Russian cabinet maker for a couple years, before being bought by the Veblens, who already owned the 1870s farm cottage nearby.
Rosemary Thornton, of SearsHomes.org, described the house in this way, after seeing these photos, "It’s definitely not a Sears House, nor is it a kit house from any of the other national companies (Gordon Van Tine, Montgomery Ward, Harris Brothers, Lewis Manufacturing, etc). I’ve never seen fasteners like that. Pretty interesting. And the chestnut woodwork is really remarkable, but I have never heard of a kit home with chestnut trim!"
The photo shows how sections of the attic were connected.
Below is some information about the house's original owner, J.P. Whiton-Stuart. He had a colorful life, dropping out of Harvard after a year, then traveling around the world before a successful career selling Manhattan real estate, after which he moved to a cattle ranch in Arizona. His move to Princeton, with Mary Marshall Ogden and two children, came later.