Historic Zabriskie House In Paramus To Be Demolished

PARAMUS, NJ (WCBS 880) – A historic house in Bergen County is set for the chopping block.

WCBS 880’s Levon Putney In Paramus

The Zabriskie House is a 250-year-old cottage style home shaded by trees on Dunkerhook Road in Paramus.

Slave Quarters at the Zabriskie House - Paramus, NJ - Apr 29, 2011 (credit: Levon Putney / WCBS 880)

Slave Quarters at the Zabriskie House - Paramus, NJ - Apr 29, 2011 (credit: Levon Putney / WCBS 880)

It’s a historic place “because it has freedom written all over it,” says Passaic River Commission executive director Ella Filippone, who notes that freed slaves used to live there.

“For us to, in this day and age, demolish something like that is un-American,” she says.

“I believe in keeping the traditions like it is, but the house is all rotten,” says Lisa Lebumbarra, whose daughter lives across the street from the Zabriskie House and wants the property developed.

She suggests a plaque to mark the historic nature of the site.

The local planning board approved redevelopment plans to tear it down, so preservationists like Filippone have 45 days to find a buyer.

Filippone is looking for donors.

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  • Tony DeCondo

    The neighboring town of Fair Lawn had a similar dilema a few years ago when the Cadmus house, another historic site, was moved to another location in town and I believe they erected an interprtive sign where the house originally stood. Perhaps Paramus would consider n this alternative and the Zabriskie house would remain intact. Possibly the Paramus Historic Commission could initiate a fund raiser to idefray the moving and relocation costs.

    Tony DeCondo

  • Marie

    the city should take it over and refurbish what needs to be done and keep it historical – there are too, too many so-called develoopments around – why do you want more???? There are plenty of houses in forclosure, up for saile, etc. I hope the city gets the money they need to renovate this home.

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