Move It to Save It

Sometimes moving a house is the only way to save it.

This wonderful Queen Anne style house is a great example of what can be done to save a historic house with the right combination of knowledge and other resources.

This is the Mandel House in Bloomington, IL, built in 1894. Sometimes the only way to save a house is to move it, as was the case here. When commercial or institutional encroachment leave a historic house stranded in a context where it is no longer desirable as a home and it is likely to be demolished, relocating it to a vacant lot in an appropriate neighborhood can be the right move, so to speak.

The Old House Society of Bloomington-Normal arranged the three-block move after a church purchased the property and needed the site for an expansion project. The home was purchased by Diana Krieg and Dawn Peters and restored at its new location. Read more about it here: http://ow.ly/fUNV50z5jeO

Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners was written to help those people, and anyone else who wants to restore a house with sensitivity to its character-defining features.

The 720-page best-selling hardcover book is available in bookstores and from online retailers (it is currently 36% off on Amazon! http://ow.ly/Uhbc50z5jeN).

Signed copies are available directly from the author on this site. Amazon’s shipping time is currently delayed due to the Covid-19 crisis, but copies can be shipped from here within days following all CDC recommendations for safety.

Some local bookstores are open for phone orders and pickup, they can order copies from W.W. Norton.

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