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Aug. 31, 1958: A house moved from Hollywood is elevated to clear its new neighbor's roof on East 90th Street. This photo was published in the Sept. 1, 1958, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bill Murphy / Los Angeles Times

Jan. 8, 1959: A house is raised 25 feet to move into its new location on West 43rd Street. The structure was moved from 94th Street and El Manor Avenue. This photo was published in the Jan. 9, 1959, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ray Graham / Los Angeles Times

Aug. 23, 1960: A barge carrying a pair of houses is prepared to sail from Los Angeles Harbor to Port Hueneme in Ventura County. This photo was published in the Aug. 24, 1960, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Charles Crawford / Los Angeles Times

July 10, 1968: At about 5 a.m., a garage being moved from La Cañada to Hollywood slipped off its truck on Broadway near Alpine. Wreckers had to rip the structure apart to remove it before morning rush hour. This photo was published in the July 11, 1968, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gene Hackley / Los Angeles Times

Aug. 16, 1973: John and Cheryl Fremdling moved their 349-ton home in Pasadena to keep it from being demolished. This photo was published in the Aug. 17, 1973, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Larry Bessel / Los Angeles Times

Aug. 16, 1973: John and Cheryl Fremdling check out their house after its move to a new Pasadena location. This photo was published in the Aug. 17, 1973, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tony Barnard / Los Angeles Times

Oct. 22, 1973: An early 1900s house crossing over the Nimitz Freeway in Oakland stops so workers can free its eaves from being entangled with a light pole. This photo was published in the Oct. 23, 1973, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

September 1974: A house being moved in LaCrosse, Wis., stalls on a railroad track, but workers were able to move the structure before a train arrived. This photo was published in the Sept. 27, 1974, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Jan. 21, 1976: One section of a house, left, is in position at Harriman Avenue and Edison Street in Los Angeles, ready for the arrival of another portion being moved from Glendale. But the second section collapsed after hitting a dip just a half-block short of its destination. Both sections had to be demolished. These photos were published in the Jan. 22, 1976, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

March 1978: One of two Victorian houses, both designated as Los Angeles historical-cultural monuments, is shown being moved from Court Street, just west of downtown, to 1300 Carroll Ave., seven blocks away. This photo was published in the March 26, 1978, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Judd Gunderson / Los Angeles Times

May 11, 1989: The Edward Strong mansion in downtown Los Angeles is moved from its site of 102 years on West 15th Street to make room for an expansion of the Los Angeles Convention Center. This photo was published in the May 12, 1989, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Larry Davis / Los Angeles Times

Oct. 25, 1950: The parsonage of Inglewood First Methodist Church is moved to Grace Methodist Church in Lennox. Ed French, left, the foreman on the moving job, talks with Rev. M.K. Stone and Willis L. Hanna of Lennox. This photo was published in the Oct. 28, 1950, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Humphreys / Los Angeles Times

July 10, 1951: Cables are used to pull a six-room, 20-ton house up a hill – one of the steepest in town – on Baxter Street, just east of Lake Shore Avenue, in Silver Lake. This photo was published in the July 11, 1951, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paul Calvert / Los Angeles Times

June 1952: Parked cars block the path of a two-story house being relocated from Doheny Drive just south of Sunset Boulevard to Santa Monica. This photo was published in the June 12, 1952, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

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Moving a house from one location to another can be tricky, as these images from the Los Angeles Times archives show.

An Aug. 28, 1966, article in The Times gives some background:

All over Southern California there are opportunities to buy houses for the moving … houses which stand in the way of such building projects as shopping centers, apartment buildings, parking lots, filling stations, churches, government construction and road projects.

Approximately 700 houses are moved each year in the Los Angeles area alone. John Koslov, right-of-way clearance agent for the State Highway Department, District 7, says that to make room for one 3-mile section of the Foothill Freeway, the Highway Department purchased 396 improved parcels, of which they sold 251 and demolished 145.

Old homes aren’t easy to relocate: Check out the two structures in this gallery that didn’t make it to their destinations.

Enjoy!

Scott

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1 Comment

  1. October 18, 2013, 7:08 am

    When growing up in the late 50's & early 60's we lived in a small and endearing duplex on the edge of Montebello and East Los Angeles. Then we were forced to move out because the Pomona Freeway was being built right through our neighborhood. Our duplex along with all the others were not demolished but put on trailers and moved out. I always wondered where that comfortable dwelling of ours ended up.

    By: rafachavez

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