Moving Day: Part 2

It took a couple of hours, but the Kemper-Gunn House finally made it across Elm Street.

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The Kemper-Gunn House in mid-move…

...and, for the 1st time in 125 years, a vacant spot on the corner of Elm Street and Church Lane. (Photo/JP Vellotti)

…and, for the 1st time in 125 years, a vacant spot on the corner of Elm Street and Church Lane. (Photos/JP Vellotti)

A small part of a porch overhang was removed to clear a parking lot light pole. (Photo/JP Vellotti)

A small part of a porch overhang was removed to clear a parking lot light pole. (Photo/JP Vellotti)

The Kemper-Gunn house in (almost) its final location. In this view up Elm Street, it almost looks like it's been there forever.

The Kemper-Gunn house in (almost) its final location. In this view up Elm Street, it almost looks like it’s been there forever. (Photo/JP Vellotti)

At not quite 9:30 a.m., the day's work -- moving a house -- was done. In coming days, the house will be settled into its new foundation. (Photo/JP Vellotti)

At not quite 9:30 a.m., the day’s work — moving a house — was done. In coming days, the house will be settled into its new foundation. (Photo/JP Vellotti)

8 responses to “Moving Day: Part 2

  1. Thanks to the Chamber of Commerce and David Waldman for the hot coffee and muffins, the HOT coffee was especially appreciated for those of us watching in the cold!

  2. It looks perfect there — like it’s home. I’ll always remember that cold and rainy fall night I spent in the living room of the K-G house with the toy woman. Glad the house survived and part of Westport history survived. Good good.

  3. Helen Garten and I were standing on the sidewalk moments after the house came to a stop at its final destination. As a mother with some young children hurried by she asked “wasn’t the house always there?”. We had just been thinking the same thing. Well done, everyone.

  4. Once the house is planted securely…let’s hope there is enough room for some nice planting, including at least one flowering tree and a lot of evergreens. Tina Gangi

  5. I too came up and around the corner a short while ago and was struck at how it really seemed to belong right there in that spot. Good move everyone!

  6. The utterly astonishing ballet of competence, technology and engineering that made this move look easy is one for the books. Our books anyway.

    On an another note, it turns out that the most interesting and visually compelling side of the building faced the huge, dark wall of the YMCA – and therefore had not actually been “seen” in a very long time. As it happens, this was the very side that was supposed to be viewed and admired by others. Now, once again, the house can be read as it was originally intended. And it makes all the difference. Every now and then you need a really good day. For Westport, this was one of those.

  7. Well done. I wondered whether the time of year/temperature would matter with such a job (expansion vs contraction).
    Hopefully weather up north won’t affect southern CT before the place is truly settled.