Art Moderne House, c.1938-40
658 Larch Avenue
Teaneck's tree-lined suburban
streetscapes are generally graced by trim houses in the popular period styles of
the pre-and post-World War II building boom. It is refreshing to find, amidst
the Tudor and Colonial Revivals, a house with unmistakably modern trappings -
pipe railings, porthole and ribbon windows, sleek stucco surfaces, metal details
and even frosted glass. The architect of this "streamlined moderne"
gem is presently unknown, although a similar house was built in 1938 to the
designs of Erik Kaeyer in the nearby Standish Road development. it fits very
comfortably on its large corner lot, and the massing jogs and turns defly to
acknowledge various internal and external conditions. In its lines and splendid
details one can see the strong influence of the 1933 Century of Progress
Exposition and 1939 New York World's Fair, with their confident visions for the
future of architecture and modern living.