The three guys from Goodwin who worked through the preparation and moving process with their boss Rick Goodwin.
Our first steps were across the boulevard and over the juniper.
Working. Down the street, by New Pioneer Co-op and City Hall with many witnesses.
Mick trims the trees the first time on Washington street.
So many people working together. City employees with Mid-American Energy, and Mediacom holding down the wires. Preservationists watch.
The dolleys move individually so the house doesn't move much as it goes over curbs and medians.
High voltage wires are lifted so we can pass under. Everyone wants to photograph this.
Under and over wires we negotiate the corner on to Dodge Street, or Highway 1.
A little parade blocks the highway for less than 30 minutes. Houses travel faster than you would think.
Tree Trimming 2. This Oak tree has had a bunch of work for its new neighbor.
Beginning to back on to the site. Looks almost like we are tipping a little here.
The view from the site as we begin to back up. Rick Goodwin is under there somewhere making sure we are ready for the foundation.
Backing up step by step.
This second floor bedroom has the best view of College Green Park. A historic house in a historic neighborhood on a historic park.
Home sweet home. It has been a long day but we are finally here with our new neighbors.
Moving Day Arrives!
On Wednesday May 4, at 9am the Houser-Metzger House driven by Goodwin House Movers from Washington, IA moved permanently off its original long-time home at 422 Iowa Avenue and set off across the road to its new home at 622 College Street. The Iowa City Police were our escort. Crews from the City in Streets and Parking, Mid American Energy, Mediacom and Friends of Historic Preservation watched and helped maneuver every step of the way. Channel 4 filmed the move. Mick from General Tree Service came to our rescue and trimmed errant trees TWICE.
We moved over curbs, across parking lots and intersections, up the middle of a boulevard, over cable lines, under power lines, under a big oak tree and back on to the new lot. We moved over the new foundation and had to be raised multiple times to clear the sill plate until finally we were in place. The foundation FIT! And then suddenly a group of people opened Champagne and celebrated that We were saved! Welcome home to 623 College Street.
P.O. Box 2001
Iowa City, IA 52244