Leo F. Kearns Executive Offices
Address: 115-15 101st Avenue
Neighborhood: Richmond Hill
Architect: Raymond Irrera Associates
Current Status: Extant
Award: Honorable Mention
Typology: Office Building
The Leo Kearns series of funeral home facilities are unique within the Queens Modern lexicon, featuring elements of West Coast modernism and showing the influence of Frank Lloyd Wright, both rarities in the borough’s mid-century design. The former executive office building, now a daycare center is much more restrained than the two extant funeral homes, and is largely a brick cube with simple limestone and granite detailing. Raymond Irrera did this building and one of the two funeral buildings, with Meisner doing the other, so its unclear why the Kearns company employed a more restrained style here.