Back in May 2012, the Historic Preservation Commission granted a certificate of appropriateness to Galvan Partners for "the proposed relocation of the historic structure currently located at 900 Columbia Street to an empty lot on 215 Union Street." The assumption was--an assumption clearly supported by the information provided in the application--that the house would be moved intact to the new location. As it turned out, the house was demolished, and now some of the salvaged materials from the historic house are being used to create a new house at 215 Union Street.
Galvan Partners/Foundation never offered a formal explanation of why the plan to move the house was abandoned, but the general assumption is that it was determined, for whatever reason, that it couldn't be done.
So today, the Daily Mail reported about a three-story apartment building in Washington, DC, "deemed too important to be demolished," that was moved: "Moving house . . . literally: Entire historic DC apartment block is hoisted onto wheels and sent down the road to make way for new development."
And in recent days, right here in Columbia County, a house was moved by Wolfe House & Building Movers--the very folks Galvan said they would hire to move the 200-year-old Captain William Ashley house from 900 Columbia Street to 215 Union Street.
Where there's a will, there's a way.
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