A more than surprising scene occurred this Sunday morning in San Francisco. An entire house was moved from street to street, transported on a huge truck, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.
The large 139-year-old Victorian mansion has been relocated six blocks from its former location. The land on which it stood was sold to a real estate developer but it was out of the question to destroy the mint green house, with its typical American city architecture.
Its not everyday you see a 140-year-old two-story Victorian moving down the street in San Francisco. The house is being moved from 807 Franklin Street to 635 Fulton Street. @sfchronicle pic.twitter.com/3612GOJmc8
– CarlosAvilaGonzalez (@CAGisMe) February 21, 2021
A move to $ 400,000
The operation began early in the morning. The house was loaded onto a truck under the watchful eye of engineers and workers. The heavyweight then drove off, never driving above 1.6 km / h. On the way, many signs had been moved and workers had to cut tree branches to avoid damaging the house, said the HuffPost.
This really is quite something. A Victorian house in San Francisco
Is being moved down the road pic.twitter.com/soQZahDtXT
— James Clayton (@JamesClayton5) February 21, 2021
This impressive move, which cost the modest sum of $ 400,000, had been planned for years. “We had to get permission from 15 different agencies in the city, or maybe 18, I don’t remember,” the man in charge of the project told San Francisco Chronicle.
A two-story Victorian house in San Francisco has been loaded onto giant dollies and moved six blocks. Onlookers lined the sidewalks to snap photos as the 139-year-old structure rolled at a top speed of 1 mph. https://t.co/uKLqAvvyrI
— AP West Region (@APWestRegion) February 21, 2021
On the former land of the house, the developer will now build an eight-storey building containing 48 apartments. The Victorian house, for its part, has reached its new address without a hitch. The building will need major work before it can be inhabited again.
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