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Saturday, June 23, 2007

Love your house, hate your neighbors?

Today in Cambridge, right outside of Harvard Square, Harvard University closed off several blocks of Mass Ave in order to move three large houses, formerly used as offices, down the street to be rehabbed as dorms. Because such a huge thoroughfare was rerouted, crowds came out to watch the houses move, one by one, down the avenue.

The Ukranian house, the largest of the three buildings was first. It rolled down the street with ease, followed by the second and third buildings. See the entire flickr set here. I watched much of the move on TV, where it was almost breathtaking to see such large victorian structures out for a mid-morning stroll. This isn't a usual occurrance around here. As a matter of fact, I can't ever remember an urban building or three being moved down the street. I wonder if Harvard moved the buildings because it was cheaper to renovate, or because the buildings were protected. Either way, what a cool thing to witness.

Have you ever seen anything like this before?

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Blogger Robin said...

That must have been very cool to see.

The Tel Aviv Municipality moved several historic Templar buildings not long ago. They wanted to preserve them but that wasn't possibly where they were, so they moved them over a bit - one just 30 feet!

Here's an article if you're curious:


24/6/07 3:47 AM  
Blogger Rhea said...

I went over there to watch, but I was a WEEK too early! Duh.

24/6/07 6:41 PM  
Blogger utenzi said...

Wow! I've seen houses moved but only in rural settings, Margalit. Seeing 3 go down crowded city streets would be wild. I think my control issues would drive me nuts tho. Just too many possibilities for accidents. I'd have a migraine!

24/6/07 6:50 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

Wow that would've been very cool. I should've put my hand up and waved them over here since my house has become a water feature in all this rain.

Here via Michele today.

24/6/07 6:53 PM  

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