Historic North Portland House Gets New Address
Last minute photo op
House loaded onto a truck
September 24, 2013, 2:15 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. -- History was literally on the move in North Portland on Tuesday morning as a historic house was trucked two miles away to the awe of many.
The Victorian house was built in 1890 by painter Edwin Rayworth. The developer wants to put two smaller homes there, so he sold it to Roy and Kim Fox for $1 to save it from the wrecking ball.
The couple ran into problems with the city over permits and the original move was pushed back a few weeks while all parties worked things out. The Fox's ended up paying an additional $10,000 for permits.
Crews from Emmert International
were out bright and early to move the house from North Albina to its new neighborhood at Mississippi Avenue and Bryant Street.
"There's going to be an accessory dwelling unit built underneath it, so we can have some rental income on that. Then we're just going to restore it as much as we can," said Kim Fox.
Interested neighbors came out to watch the house slowly and carefully navigate the route that had several tight turns. Seven utility companies worked together to move power lines and disconnect them as needed to make way for the large load.