Videos- Historic Homes on the Move….and not

housemoving1Moving a house is always a spectacular affair that attracts a crowd. It’s the kind of thing that people come from far and wide to see. On one level, it’s hard to understand- the house moves slowly, there isn’t much action, and there are many stops and starts as power lines are maneuvered through, corners negotiated, and obstructing mailboxes, fences, and parking meters removed and replaced. Still, there’s something exciting about the enormity of the effort, and the novelty of seeing a once-permanent part of the landscape rolling down the street makes for memories that last a lifetime. Most houses that are moved are older- they were built stronger and can survive the lifting and transporting, and they’re more likely to be in the way of more modern development and construction.

A couple of weeks ago, we featured a post on an historic island caretaker’s home being moved across the ice in Minnesota. Since then, I’ve run across a number of timelapse videos of historic houses being moved. They make for compelling watching. Here’s one of the best. It’s the Peter Green House, an old classroom building at Brown University, getting moved down the street in Providence, Rhode Island by Sylvester Building Movers in August 2007. 


firehouseSometimes housemoving does not go as planned. In Peekskill, New York, the expansion of a highway overpass would have required the demolition of the 1890 Centennial Hose historic firehouse that sat beneath the bridge. Preservation organizations got involved, funds were raised, and in August of 2008, the firehouse was lifted up onto a dolly for a move to its new home along the Peekskill waterfront. Suffice to say, the results were not what the preservationists or housemovers had in mind…



  1. by Kelly, on 08.18.09 @ 7:17 PM


    Yikes! I would have hated to have been the moving company, what a loss.

  2. by Carey Williams, on 04.17.12 @ 12:26 PM


    Does anyone know who I could contact about moving an old farmhouse in Cape May?
    Any info would be helpful. Thanks

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