There was a strange sight in San Francisco on February 20 when a 139-year-old house rolled down the city streets. Many people came to watch the unusual sight of a giant house coming down the road. The structure is beautiful, so it is good that the building can stand still, although the location is different.
The process of moving the house was careful and deliberate. The team that undertook the challenge lifted the house off its foundations and onto a giant cart. They then transported him about seven blocks to the new location. This happened very slowly due to the need to overcome obstacles such as parking meters, street lights, power lines and trees.
It wasn’t even the only building that had to move during this venture. This house sits next to what is currently a mortuary, and this structure had to be moved about 12 feet to make room.
Planning for this laborious process began in 2019. The move was originally scheduled to take place in January 2021, but inclement weather forced the company to reschedule, according to SF gate.
The developer intends to convert the relocated house and morgue into an apartment complex with 17 units. The old site of the house will also become a new apartment building of 47 units, SF gate reported.
The reason for the move relates to the reputedly expensive real estate in San Francisco. The land on which the house sat was worth more than the house itself. However, the structure was of sufficient historical significance that it was not simply torn down. The structure was originally owned by the owner of a company that transported goods to the city at the end of the 19th century.