Moving can be hard. Moving can be slow. Moving your entire house is especially hard and slow. Just ask the owner of the house at 807 Franklin Street in San Francisco. Well, it’s not there anymore.
When Tim Brown decided to move six blocks over to 635 Fulton Street, he wasn’t leaving anything behind. Not even his 139-year-old home. Over the weekend, a crew managed to load the 1882 house, known as the Englander House, onto giant dollies and tow it to its new location at a speed of roughly one mile per hour. And remember, San Francisco is notoriously hilly.
The San Francisco broker shelled out more than $400,000 to have his large green two-story, six-bedroom Victorian house hoisted and transported. That was the hard part. The slow part was getting approval from more than a dozen city agencies to relocate traffic signs, parking meters, and even trolley lines.
Despite the challenges and expense, it’s nice to know the historic home is being preserved. According to KPIX-TV, an eight-story apartment building will be going up in the old location. I’m guessing no one will ever attempt to move that.
Check out the crowd that showed up to watch to slow procession. At a time when we’re all starved for live entertainment, the moving of this house must have felt like a parade to the onlookers.