Published Oct 26, 2018 at 9:39 AM | Updated at 12:24 PM EDT on Oct 26, 2018
Four hundred tons of Pennsylvania history literally made their way down the street as a historic 1784 building was moved to a new location.
The landmark Chez Odette has had constant flooding issues, so owners of the inn said they had two options -- knocking down the structure or relocating it from its foundation on 274 S. Main St. in New Hope. Project planners took the second option, moving the building in its entirety to a new location on River Road -- about 1,000 feet away -- Wednesday.
In order to complete the move, workers installed a series of steel beams under the structure and loaded it onto 15 hydraulic dollies, said Gerry Staskel, sales estimator for Wolfe House and Building Movers, which was charged with carrying the historic building to its new foundation.
The move itself lasted about six hours, Staskel said.
State officials say they plan to convert the building at its new location into a museum. A developer is planning to build a boutique hotel at the old location of the inn.