The House! The House! The House is on Wheels!

The Ladd Carriage House (1883)which used to grace the corner of Broadway and Columbia, was moved yesterday to a temporary spot a couple of blocks away, while its former block undergoes some fairly major redevelopment. Then in 2008, it will move back to its original home, though the neighborhood will have changed.
The Carriage House housed horses on the first floor (and carriages) and the coachmen on the second. It is just huge.
Yesterday we went down to watch them move it at around 7am…we were pretty much watching it until about 9:30 last night. Here is the short version – a time-lapsed view of the move start to finish – amazing!

Here’s some of my pics –
The house gets up on its wheels and moves out into the street. It is way bigger than I thought it was – and all sorts of workers running around underneath it steadying and getting the wheels straight.

Then it starts down Columbia for a 3-block trip…heading into the park blocks (which are lined with trees. Im wondering how they’re going to clear the trees. There’s some side story about the city only wanting them to cut the branches they needed to …as they passed…instead of cutting them all back early. Don’t know the details, but it made for an exciting squeeze!

Then we’re 1/2 there – smack in the middle of the park blocks, arborists hanging from the trees. The building looked particularly spectacular…what a beautiful thing!

Here’s a side shot from within the park looking out to the street. You can see more of the architecture :

Then we get through the park – phew! and now just have to squeeze between these two buildings…

and we’re home 🙂 At least until 2008, when it makes the trip back down through the park. I do commend the folks that went through all of this extra trouble to save such a cool building. The granddaughter of Ladd was at the event and talked about how you turn this corner and you see a building like that and it makes you wonder about a cities history.

Without these gems you really do lose that connection. I am so glad to be in a wonderful city that is really getting that concept.