Special Archtober Tour of the Valentine-Varian House
Friday, October 27, 2017
12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
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When Isaac Valentine, a blacksmith and farmer, bought this parcel of land from the Dutch Reformed Church, and built this two-story fieldstone house, carriages traveled the nearby Boston Post Road through a Bronx consisting mostly of farmland. It stands today as the borough’s second oldest house.
The home’s symmetrical style, sometimes referred to as Georgian vernacular, features evenly placed windows and identical chimneys at either end. Inside, rooms mirror each other across a central hallway. The design of the deep-set, splayed windows throughout the house let in light and keep out the cold.
During the Revolutionary War (1776-1783), the Valentine home was occupied by British, Hessian, and American troops. Except for 11 months between 1775-1776, Valentine and his family remained in the house throughout the war. The second family to live at the house, the Varians, kept the house for three generations; one of Isaac’s grandsons (also named Isaac) served as New York City’s 63rd Mayor, from 1839-1841.
As we celebrate Archtober 2017, join us on an exclusive tour of the Valentine-Varian House and get a tour of its current exhibitions.
The Valentine-Varian House/Museum of Bronx History is a member of the Historic House Trust of New York City. The Historic House Trust is partnering with Archtober to celebrate architecture month.