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The Stories Your House Could Tell: 667 Argyle Road

  In 1897 Christian Baur, then 48, teamed up with a much younger John R. Corbin to build homes in the first Brooklyn “suburban development,” Vanderveer Park, now East Flatbush. Five years later Corbin, apparently tired of dealing with customers, disappeared into a factory he built at Flatbush Avenue and Avenue I, alongside the LIRR railroad tracks, to pioneer the mass production of pre-cut standalone houses, eventually populating most of West Midwood and Midwood Park with his handywork. Baur was no slouch either: together with his architect son George, he erected a dozen homes in landmarked Midwood Park and Fiske Terrace.  1897 Brooklyn Eagle Ad By 1905 Christian Baur had already created the home he would soon retire to, at 2320 Foster Avenue (worth a walk just to ogle his playfully designed garage). But there was one last major project to finish before handing the reins to his son: erecting most of the homes on Argyle Road between Foster Avenue & Glenwood Road. While his former pr