Sunday, February 21, 2021

it's been 50 years since moving houses was a common thing, so today when one old house was moved in San Francisco, it drew a big crowd. A 139-year-old San Francisco Victorian home inched its down Franklin Street Sunday as crews delicately moved the structure to its new setting on Fulton Street.

The house’s quarter-mile journey has been in the planning stages for years.

“We had to get 15 different city agencies to agree to this,” said veteran house mover Phil Joy. “Maybe it was 18 agencies. I’m not really sure.”

Along the route, parking meters were ripped up. Limbs from an overhanging laurel tree were trimmed. Traffic signs were relocated. Overhead traffic lights are coming down and overhead wires that power the 5-Fulton Muni line will be turned off and unstrung. No-Parking-tow-away-zone signs have been plastered all over like bad checks.

Joy, who has moved scores of houses over the years, says each move is different. This one will be tricky because of the house’s length — 80 feet — and because the first part of its journey on Franklin Street involves going downhill.

A San Francisco broker and the owner of the Victorian had to pay about $200,000 for assorted permissions and fees involved in the move that took an hour, plus another $200,000 for the move itself

The former site at 807 Franklin St. is to become a 48-unit, eight-story apartment building while the transported Victorian will be anchored at 635 Fulton St. and will become a 7 unit residential

Finally, it was backed onto a new foundation in the middle of a row of low slung stucco public housing units, and next to a historic former mortuary that had been slid over 14 feet to make way for its new neighbor,

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