November 9, 2013

Atlanta street shut down to move historic mansion

Associated Press

— Moving day for two Georgia men meant shutting down a 2-mile stretch of one of Atlanta’s busiest roads.

That’s because Roger Smith and Christopher Jones had to move their entire house — a 1920s Buckhead mansion they agreed to relocate in order to save the home from being torn down as part of a construction project.

Crews using a giant dolly transport system moved the mansion early Saturday in two big sections, WSB-TV reported. Each weighed about 200,000 pounds and measured 40 feet wide and 75 feet long. The haul required closing a section of Peachtree Street to traffic from midnight Friday until the mansion reached its new lot in midtown at about 7 a.m. Saturday.

Jones and Smith said they took ownership of the home to save a significant piece of Atlanta’s history.

“I cannot imagine this landmark being torn down,” Jones said.

The new owners got the mansion for free. However, they will have to cover the cost of the move and about six months of restoration work to the house. Jones and Smith said they haven’t tallied up the bill yet.

“We really can’t put a dollar figure on what a project like this means to Atlanta and historic preservation,” Smith said.