Varian House

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark


Designated: 3/15/1966

Architect : Unknown

Architectural Style: Vernacular Georgian

Address: 3266 Bainbridge Avenue

Varian House is an admirably proportioned two-story house with a central hall. The building is constructed of rough dressed, cut fieldstone with characteristic wood details of the period, which give it documentary importance. Built about 1775, it exemplifies at medium scale the Georgian building tradition as practiced here. As part or the architectural history of the region,  the Varian House has great interest for us when compared with the Van Cortlandt Mansion of 1748 and the Dyckman Farmhouse of about 1783. Taken together this trio presents a graphic picture of living conditions in this country in the second half of the Eighteenth Century. Varian House has been moved to a permanent site and is destined to be preserved for posterity as the new home of the Bronx County Historical Society beginning some time in 1966.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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