Few cities are as obsessed with protecting the architectural identity of their cityscape as San Francisco. It’s why even the brand new buildings in the city retain San Francisco’s iconic Victorian-inspired bay windows, and why someone in the city thought it would be cool to move a 139-year-old Victorian House six blocks from its original location rather than let it get destroyed. According to NBC News, The Englander House, one of the city’s many historic buildings, was moved from its original location of 807 Franklin St. to 635 Fulton St. this weekend, traveling through the dense streets of San Francisco at a pace of one mile per hour.
When the moving company asks what you need moved.
— Chris Navalta 😷 (@ChrisNavalta) February 22, 2021
If you’ve spent any time in San Francisco you probably have exactly two thoughts: 1). Of course, this happened in San Francisco (LA would’ve just blown it up) and 2.) How?! San Francisco is built on over 40 hills, so how exactly does anyone manage to move a six-bedroom two-story 139-year-old house a quarter-mile across that kind of terrain?
Phil Joy oversaw the big move and told the San Francisco Chronicle that the whole process took years to plan and required 15 different city agencies to agree, and the removal of signs, trees, and other obstacles. The move cost the home’s owner $400,000 in moving costs and fees, which sounds surprisingly cheap to move an 80-foot-long house. A 48-unit, eight-story complex will be built on the house’s old site, and the Englander will be turned into a 17 unit building at its new location.
Check out a time-lapse of the move below as well as some alternate angles.
Ok, watching a 140-year-old full-on Victorian mansion cruising through the city streets is hands-down one of the top wildest things I've ever witnessed.
The Englander house moving from Franklin St to Fulton St this morning in SF pic.twitter.com/kqbyiy62ke
— Austin Elliott (@TTremblingEarth) February 21, 2021
Meanwhile in San Francisco…someone’s moving house…literally pic.twitter.com/FX7SxSt8sE
— James (@jamesberragan) February 21, 2021
one of the more ridiculous things i’ve seen in SF pic.twitter.com/W6pJVEPlsZ
— Lan (@lanpaje) February 21, 2021