If you pay attention to San Francisco news, you probably saw the talk of the town this weekend was a house being moved. It was in all the local news outlets and even a handful of national news reports. Being close to home, I had to go check it out. This is the first house to be moved in nearly 50 years but it used to be more common in SF. I guess historical preservation has always been on the minds of San Franciscans.
The first time I heard about house moving was when I learned about San Francisco’s Octagon house. The octagon house movement started in the 1850’s with the premise that you can get more volume in a structure if you build an octagon rather than a square or rectangle. Of course, there’s trade-offs because all your rooms end up with a funny shape. Octagon houses never became the standard but there’s still a lot of them out there and historical societies LOVE them.
In the 1950’s, San Francisco’s octagon house was saved from demolition by one of those historical societies but they had to move it from it’s current lot. So they did.
They only moved it across the street. “Only”. As if that’s an easy task. But they did it. Today, the Octagon House is fully restored and functions as a museum and occasional event space (when there’s not a pandemic.) It’s a super little piece of San Francisco history so I’m thankful that the preservationists made it happen.
No idea what’s going to happen with the house that was moved yesterday but it was neat to see. I was struck by how similar the mechanics of the two days were despite being nearly 70 years apart. Without further ado, here’s the pictures I took yesterday. I wasn’t getting up at 6 am to see the actual move but I did make it down there in time to see the house at it’s new location. They’re prepping it to be backed into the new lot.
Check out this clip to see the whole process…
That’s not something you see every day!