Vernacular Eclectic House, 1880s-90s

121 Oakdene Avenue

More exuberant than the classical revival house at the corner of Oueen Anne Road, this house on Oakdene features a panoply of motifs and features from an era noted for its "picturesque eclectism." The word eclectic means "to choose," and choice is what many Americans wanted in the heady boom and bust years of the 1890s. Working class citizens, both native born and recent immigrants, flocked to suburbs like Teaneck to find good jobs, raise families, and eventually find a community in which to live out their lives. This house would have appealed to the upwardly-mobile family by showing off such deluxe features as an oval stained glass window, Ionic columns, rich carved details, and a massive tower.