Varnum Building

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Varnum Building
Burnt Historical Building in Lowell Feb 2010.jpg
A photo of the building after the fire
Varnum Building is located in Massachusetts
Varnum Building
Location Lowell, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°39′1″N 71°18′14″W / 42.65028°N 71.30389°W / 42.65028; -71.30389Coordinates: 42°39′1″N 71°18′14″W / 42.65028°N 71.30389°W / 42.65028; -71.30389
Built 1882
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Queen Anne
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP December 19, 1988

The Varnum Building was a historic mixed-use commercial and residential building at 401-405 Bridge Street in Lowell, Massachusetts. It was a four-story wood frame structure with an angled front at the corner of Bridge and Third Streets, topped by a square cupola with bellcast pyramidal roof. It was built in 1882 by Leavitt and Daniel Varnum, who operated an insurance business on the premises, and was one of the oldest commercial buildings on Bridge Street.[2] It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.[1]

The building was heavily damaged in an electrically-ignited fire on the morning of February 12, 2010.,[3] and was declared a total loss.[4] It was demolished on February 18, 2010.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ a b "MACRIS inventory record for Varnum Building". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2015-05-24. 
  3. ^ "Fire damages landmark Bridge Street building". Lowell Sun. Retrieved 2010-2-12
  4. ^ "Historic Building Beyond Repair". Lowell Sun. Retrieved 2/17/2010.