In 1930 the Indiana Bell building was rotated 90°. Over a month, the structure was moved 15 inch/hr, all while 600 employees still worked there. There was no interruption to gas, heat, electricity, water, sewage, or the telephone service they provided.

@stux and today we can't deploy a 2-page website without it going down for an hour. 🤷‍♀️

@stux fascinating but... what was the point of doing that? to give natural light to those windows in the shade of the smaller building? wouldn't have been cheaper to demolish it instead? 😏

@ranx No idea :blobcatgiggle:​ I think someone wanted a better view from the office 😮

@stux @ranx I was once in the Bell building, having breakfast in the staff lounge when the Operations Officer (OPS) walks in. This guy was the definition of NOT a morning person; he’s still half asleep, bleary eyed… basically a zombie with a bagel. He sits down across from me to eat his bagel and is just barely conscious. My back is to the far side of the building, and the morning sun is blazing in one of the windows putting a big bright-ass square of light right on his barely conscious face. He’s squinting and chewing and basically just remembering how to be alive for today. It’s painful to watch.

But then zombie-OPS stops chewing, slowly picks up the phone, and dials the movers. In his well-known I’m-still-totally-asleep voice, he says ‘heeeey. It’s OPS. Could you… shift our barpat… yeah, one six five. Thanks.’ And puts the phone down. And then he just sits there. Squinting. Waiting.

And then, ever so slowly, I realize that that big blazing spot of sun has begun to slide off the zombie’s face and onto the wall behind him. After a moment it clears his face and he blinks slowly a few times and the brilliant beauty of what I’ve just witnessed begins to overwhelm me. By ordering the movers to adjust the building by about 90 degrees, he’s changed our orientation just enough to reposition the sun off of his face. He’s literally just redirected thousands of tons of concrete and hundreds of people so that he could get the sun out of his eyes while he eats his bagel. I am in awe.

He slowly picks up his bagel and for a moment I’m terrified at the thought that his own genius may escape him, that he may never appreciate the epic brilliance of his laziness (since he’s not going to wake up for another hour). But between his next bites he pauses, looks at me, and gives me the faintest, sly grin, before returning to gnaw slowly on his zombie bagel.

@hakui @stux for a minute reading the first lines I thought this was a true story 😄 I liked it anyway

@ranx @stux They wanted to build a road there, I assume?

@KAOS @stux I think @clacke outlined the most reasonable explanation 😉

@stux Cool. But why did they need to move the building like that :rainbowhuh: :ponethinking:

Demolishing it would've disrupted phone services

So really, it was very considerate of them!

(Also saves a lot in building & materials - there's two people in my town who shift houses nowadays; there's little new land so rich folk will buy a section with a house, demolish the house, and rebuild. It's a *huge* waste of often nice old houses; sometimes they can get the house moved & sold instead. But there's not much land to move them to, either.)

@Shredd_Tone (oh no im getting infodumpy lol but..) it was also really good to have people doing this after my hometown had a big earthquake - a lot of the time, a house itself was fine but the foundations were fucked - it was the guy i know who does this who figured out a (relatively) easy way to lift up houses to fix the foundation, and put them back down.

And when the land wasn't good enough to keep a house on, it might get shifted elsewhere.

@stux a few years back they moved a house 60 m in the timespan of 19 hours here in Switzerland to make space for new train tracks:

@stux reminded of:

No one thinks about moving the starting or ending point of the bridge midway through construction. -Justin Cave

I had to move a bridge. -Anonymous

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