Today is moving day in downtown Westport.
The Kemper-Gunn House is being relocated across Elm Street, from its perch on the corner of Church Lane to the Baldwin parking lot.
Curious Westporters gathered at dawn to watch the landscape-changing event. JP Vellotti was there too, snapping special photos for “06880.”
Here’s his 1st set. More will follow, when the dust — and the house — settle into their new “home,” later this morning.
The house has been lifted off its foundation. After 125 years, it’s ready to be relocated.
The media was there. TV crews quickly learned how to park their large vehicles in Westport.
A small tree is suddenly discovered to be in the way.
Planning & Zoning chair Chip Stephens, 1st selectman Jim Marpe, 2nd selectman Avi Kaner, developer David Waldman and an associate pause for a photo.
Java had free coffee, courtesy of the Chamber of Commerce. Villa del Sol jumped on the bandwagon, offering free margaritas. But not until lunch!
Kemper-Gunn is not the only change coming to Church Lane. The old Westport Y Weeks Pavilion will soon be demolished.
This is the slowest crossing of Elm Street ever. (All photos/JP Vellotti)