SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — To the cheers of spectators lined along its route, a 139-year-old San Francisco Victorian home inched its way down Franklin Street Sunday as crews delicately moved the structure to its new setting on Fulton Street.Bay Area Health Workers Cheer Newly-Approved 1-Shot Johnson & Johnson Vaccine
The move — according to the San Francisco Historical Society the first in city in nearly 50 years — created a buzz on social media a flurry of postings.
Simon Willison posted a photo of the large crowd that had gathered.
So this is happening this morning pic.twitter.com/IKevgW15N0
— Simon Willison (@simonw) February 21, 2021
Dozens of videos were posted of the nearly 7-block move.
With a crowd of onlookers, gawkers and nervous engineers in tow, a 139-year-old Victorian home was moved a quarter mile the wrong way down a hilly San Francisco street early Sunday.
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Dumitru Erhan posted: “No big deal, just a giant house rolling through San Francisco.”
No big deal, just a giant house rolling through San Francisco pic.twitter.com/6J7Tqi8cmQ
— Dumitru Erhan (@doomie) February 21, 2021
toddenfreude joked about the recent exodus of residents during the COVID-19 shutdown — “The San Francisco mass exodus is real. Even the houses are fleeing!”
The San Francisco mass exodus is real. Even the houses are fleeing! https://t.co/5zQDOwM5N5READ MORE: Antioch Gas Station Shooting Leaves Man Suffering Life-Threatening Injuries
— toddenfreude® (@toddx) February 21, 2021
Parlay Brand posted: “So, I’m having #BaconAndBlunts on this #Soulful Sunday, watching people play hoops and soccer, and this Victorian house comes driving down the street. Only in San Francisco #Frisco”
So, I’m having #BaconAndBlunts on this #Soulful Sunday, watching people play hoops and soccer, and this Victorian house comes driving down the street. Only in San Francisco #Frisco pic.twitter.com/UxtTwV6Ft1
— Parlay Brand (@PARLAY_BRAND_) February 21, 2021
Roweena D’Souza posted an image of a delicate cornering maneuver and posted: “Nothing to see here except a whole victorian house trying to make a left turn #SanFrancisco”
— Roweena D'Souza (@mangalorean) February 21, 2021
— Porfirio Landeros (@porfitron) February 21, 2021
Teresa and Dan Newmark and their 7-year-old daughter Madeleine were among those who gathered to watch the move.
“It’s like a Mardi Gras procession,” Dan Newmark told the San Francisco Chronicle.
“It’s a one-in-a-lifetime type thing,” Teresa added. “This is what you hear about when an earthquake happens.”
San Francisco broker and the owner of the Victorian Tim Brown had to pay about $200,000 for assorted permissions and fees involved in the move.MORE NEWS: Hundreds Rally in San Mateo to Denounce Violence Against Asian Americans
Home’s former site at 807 Franklin St. is to become a 48-unit, eight-story apartment building while the transported Victorian will be anchored at 635 Fulton St.