Centre green-lights midnight move of historic building to campus

Posted by Centre News in News 19 Jan 2015

5th street house PSAfter several months of planning and preparation, Centre College will complete the move of a protected, historic bungalow from its current location at 124 North Fifth Street to its new home at 839 West Walnut Street. The public is invited to view this history in the making, since the last such move in Danville took place more than four decades ago.

campus mapThe relocation is scheduled to take place early Wednesday morning, just after midnight on Tuesday, beginning at 12:01 a.m. Kentucky law requires that moves like this take place at midnight to minimize any inconvenience to the local community. The College has coordinated with partners at the local and state level to provide a clear pathway free of utility lines and traffic signals.

The bungalow has been separated from its foundation and placed securely on the transport system that will proceed down Fifth Street. Its path will take it right onto Main Street, left on Maple Avenue, and right onto West Walnut Street to its new foundation on Walnut Street. With the moving trailer traveling at around 1 MPH, the distance should be covered in about an hour.

Once firmly secured to its new foundation on Centre’s Greek Row near the historic warehouse district on campus, the house will undergo renovation, with an eye to occupancy as a student residential building by fall 2015.

For more on the historic move, read the complete story from The Advocate-Messenger.

by Amy Clark Wise