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 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? 😏
Originally, the old building was to be demolished to make way for a new building on the site. However, that would have caused disruptions in telephone service. Kurt Vonnegut Sr., the architect of the new building, suggested moving it to the adjacent lot at 13 West New York Street.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AT%26T_B…
in UK there's loads of Telephone Exchange buildings in larger towns that are nowadays mostly used for other purposes but have all the BT/Openreach infrastructure still active in the lower floors (with both copper and fibre for most of the town in the basement areas plus a backup power supply)
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: https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/multimedia/mobile-home_massive-zurich-building-completes-19-hour-trip/32745688
@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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