Centuries-old Halifax home will be on the move Saturday
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, January 24, 2013 1:15PM AST
Last Updated Thursday, January 24, 2013 1:29PM AST
HALIFAX -- Movers are scheduled to begin the delicate, two-day task of moving a 249-year-old house through Halifax's streets in the dead of night Saturday.
Morris House, originally built as a surveyor's office by one of Halifax's founders, is bound for a new location in the city where it will be revitalized and turned into affordable housing for young adults.
Halifax's streets are expected to be mostly deserted when the wood-shingled home leaves a parking lot near the waterfront at 3 a.m., setting off on a winding, three-kilometre voyage.
The grey, three-storey home will trundle past Citadel Hill and the city's famous clock tower before coming to a rest some three hours later at the corner of Brunswick and Cogswell streets.
It will remain there until 3 a.m. Sunday before starting down Gottingen Street, a typically busy thoroughfare that organizers say will be closed to regular traffic, en route to its final destination at the corner of Creighton and Charles streets.
It's not the first time the centuries-old home has been on the move as it was shifted 30 metres in 1898 to make way for a hotel expansion and another few blocks in 2009 to save it from demolition.