Centre’s move of historic home to campus generates party atmosphere

Posted by Centre News in News 22 Jan 2015

House Move 2015


Video credit: Clay Jackson, The Advocate-Messenger

At midnight on Tuesday, the truck carrying a protected, historic bungalow began to roll from its location at 124 North Fifth Street. Traveling at an average speed of 1 MPH, it arrived safely at its new home on Centre’s campus about 90 minutes later.

Crowds lined Main Street to cheer the house’s progress, taking selfies and lighting up Twitter with a steady stream of photos documenting the fanfare. Students added to the festive atmosphere by playing theme music along the route, including “Brick House” by The Commodores and “Our House” by Madness.

“We like to think of Centre College as a place of adventure,” President John Roush told the media. “Tonight the adventure continues.”

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Kentucky law requires that moves like this take place at midnight to minimize any inconvenience to the local community. The College coordinated with partners at the local and state level to provide a clear pathway free of utility lines and traffic signals.

More work is being done to secure the house to its new foundation on Centre’s Greek Row at 839 West Walnut Street, near the historic warehouse district on campus. Once complete, 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

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