Closter's perhaps most Significant House is of a more recent era
Journeys into Closter
The Closter historical Commission tells it right at the website when they say:
"The places that tell America’s story aren’t just the places you have to travel far to see- an appreciation of history can be had in our own communities by just taking a leisurely walk".
Such a leisurely walk in Closter will show you a lot.
The town is blessed with a number of historic landmarks - some are designated as "Historic Landmarks"; some are not. Most prominent are
But a home of a more recent era is now catching some much deserved attention. To me this property is perhaps as significant as any of those to be found in the list above.
Closter is has recently opened a World War II era house to the public.
The historic Harold Hess Lustron House on Durie Avenue is one of the few remaining homes built by architect Carl Strandlund. Strandlund’s goal was to provide inexpensive housing for World War II veterans.
The home is made of steel frames and aluminum panels.
The home is now open to the public on the second Saturday of every month.
"It's an opportunity to preserve something, some of the history of our town, some of the history in the United States, and this clearly ranks among the top properties that need to be restored and continued for historical purposes," said Mayor John Glidden to News 12 in November, 2019 at the time of the opening
It is a wonderful reminder that there is much more to recall and cherish beyond just the regularly featured period of the American Revolution. Our narrative is broader and deeper. And it continues to be made daily - in places like the Lustron House - and efforts to make sure the story of the place is told and celebrated.