Like some community-minded version of Pixar’s Up, the city of St. Louis has picked up a resident’s historic home and moved it across town, almost like it was built for travel.
As St. Louis Public Radio is reporting, the move was made to accommodate the construction of a new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency facility which will be built on the house’s former site (and surrounding 100 acres.) The other homes and businesses that also sat on the acreage were vacated last year, but the historic building that once sat at 2530 North Market Street was the only one yet to be moved.
The house is home to Charlesetta Taylor, who first moved in when she was just 10, in 1945. She and her family have lived in the home ever since. After initially protesting the building of the NGIA facility, Taylor was able to work out a solution with the city.
To transport the three-story, 367-ton home, a private company called Expert House Movers lifted the building onto some wheels, and drove it at a leisurely pace to its new address.
Taylor told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the city, “did not have enough money to buy all the memories and the wonderful things that money can’t buy.”
After some financial calculation, the city came to agree, in a way. The move is set to cost St. Louis around $500,000, or about what they might have paid had the matter wound up in court, a city official told St. Louis Public Radio.
The move, the official said, ultimately was a “win-win.”