A huge Victorian house, located at 807 Franklin Street in San Francisco, will become 635 Fulton Street. A change of about six blocks, made in the opposite direction on a one-way street. The 139-year-old house changed its location this Sunday morning, on top of a trailer that did not travel at more than 1.6 kilometers an hour to transport it, completely intact (and whole), from one point to another.
The move had been planned for years. “We had to go to 15 different agencies in the city until they agreed to do this. Or maybe 18, I’m not sure,” he told the San Francisco Chronicle Phil Joy, a veteran in the area of moving houses (a practice that is not that rare). To get permission to do the relocation, Tim Brown, the owner of the house, paid about $ 200,000 in fees. And another 200 thousand for the change.
During the trip, parking meters were pulled out, signs were moved and cars were towed. It is not easy to find space for a house with six bedrooms and three bathrooms that walks across the street. For Joy, change is nothing new, although each change is different. This is particularly complicated because of the dimensions of the house – 24 meters wide – and because part of the route is downhill.
Homes like this are worth keeping, Joy said. “Why don’t we demolish it? Look at it. It’s historic. Original wood. You can’t get wood like that anymore, from trees that are 800 years old. It’s a beautiful thing. Move a house, save a tree.” Or several.
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