A homeowner in San Francisco had his 139-year-old Victorian mansion moved to save it from possible demolition. With the help of articulated trucks, the entire building was brought several hundred meters to its new location, as several US media reported unanimously. Numerous onlookers lined the streets when the house was moved from Franklin Street to Fulton Street.
In order to get the approximately 24-meter-long, two-story villa through the streets, parking meters, traffic lights and traffic signs were removed, trees cut and power lines disconnected, it said. The unusual move was reportedly necessary because a multi-story apartment building is to be built on the property on which the house previously stood.
The owner, a local realtor, had the implementation of the house with its six bedrooms and three bathrooms cost a lot, reported the “San Francisco Chronicle”: a total of around 400,000 dollars (about 330,000 euros), half divided between permits and Transportation costs. 15 different city authorities alone should have approved the action.
Nevertheless it is worth it, said the responsible transporter of the newspaper. “Look at the house, it’s historic, original wood. You can’t get that kind of wood today. “He’ll miss the sight of the building from 1882, a resident said on television at the previous address:” I’m used to waking up with the house every morning and him in the evening to say good night. “
The Victorian houses built in the 19th century and the buildings in the Spanish colonial style contribute to the special architectural flair of San Francisco and, like the Golden Gate Bridge, are among the tourist attractions of the Californian city.
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