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Cable house

Cable house

July 10, 1951: House is pulled up the steep grade of Baxter St. in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles. The moving company used cables to pull the six-room, 20-ton house up the incline.

A short story in the next morning’s Los Angeles Times reported:

Houses may be going up everywhere else, but you should have seen the one going up Baxter St. yesterday.

It was a moving job — a slow moving job.

The grade on the hill in the block of Baxter St. just east of Lake Shore Ave. is one of the steepest in town — 22 1/2%.

The six-room house looked like a giant snail as it was winched up the hill by six cables. The trucks, in turn, were anchored to manholes and telephone poles.

The house, owned by Mrs. Wayne Baxter, was moved from W. 34th St. to its new perch on the side of Baxter St. hill by the M&M House Moving Co. of San Pedro. Edward French, foreman on the job, said it was the steepest grade up which he has ever moved a house. He figured the blocked-up structure weighed about 20 tons.

This photo by staff photographer Paul Calvert was published in the July 11, 1951, Los Angeles Times.


  1. March 28, 2013, 1:23 pm

    Wow that was almost 62 years ago! Is that the house Jay Leno was born in?

    By: T. Jones
  2. March 28, 2013, 1:49 pm

    Good move indeed! From 34th Street to Silver Lake, how that neighborhood has changed!

    By: greytv
  3. March 28, 2013, 11:27 pm

    The house is at 1917 Baxter if anyone is interested. I knew it looked familiar as it showed up as a recent sale


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