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On Saturday, the Harriet F. Rees house sat in anticipation at a rotated angle to its original siting. And if you're around 21st and Prairie on Tuesday (or Wednesday - reports vary) you can watch the spectacle of the 762-ton house being moved to a vacant lot a block and a half to the north. According to an excellent report by Dahleen Glanton in today's Chicago Tribune, the house now sits on 29 remote-controlled hydraulic dollies with 232 wheels. Steel beams enwrap the building to keep it from falling off. A pathway of nine-inch stone has been placed atop the asphalt roadway to facilitate the move. The home's 200-ton coach house was already moved last month.
Thornton Tomasetti also playing a major role.
The Harriet F. Rees house is worthy of its landmark designation, but it is not in the same league as the Louis Sullivan/Frank Lloyd Wright designed 1891 Charnley-Persky house, now home to the Society of Architectural Historians. Charnley-Persky suffered major damage earlier this year from a burst sewer pipe, and it's been putting together a successful campaign to fund the needed repairs. $5,000 from the Driehaus Foundation, Another 5,000 from Alphawood. A $10,000 challenge grant from Cynthia and Been Weese. So far, $36,000 has been raised. You can donate online here.
Despite its continuing pretensions of being a global player in the art of architecture, Chicago remains, in many ways, a provincial cow town. In this post, I've discussed how that plays out in the architecture of our past. Later this week, I hope to be writing about the Lucas Museum, and how it plays out into our future.