SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – To the cheers of spectators along its route, a 139-year-old Victorian house in San Francisco slid down Franklin Street on Sunday as the crews carefully relocated the building to its new neighborhood on Fulton Street.
The move – the first in town in nearly 50 years according to the San Francisco Historical Society – caused a sensation on social media and a deluge of postings.
Simon Willison posted a photo of the large crowd that had gathered.
So that’s what happens this morning pic.twitter.com/IKevgW15N0
– Simon Willison (@simonw) February 21, 2021
Dozens of videos have been posted of the nearly 7-block move.
With a crowd of onlookers, gawkers, and nervous engineers in tow, a 139-year-old Victorian house was moved a quarter mile the wrong way on a hilly San Francisco street early Sunday.
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– KCBS 106.9 FM / 740 AM (@KCBSRadio) February 21, 2021
Dumitru Erhan wrote, “Not a big deal, just a huge house rolling through San Francisco.”
Not a big deal, just a huge 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 mass exodus of San Francisco is real. Even the houses are fleeing! “
The mass exodus from San Francisco is real. Even the houses are fleeing! https://t.co/5zQDOwM5N5
– toddenfreude® (@toddx) February 21, 2021
Parlay Brand wrote, “So this #Soulful Sunday I have #BaconAndBlunts and watch people play hoops and soccer and this Victorian house is driving down the street. Only in San Francisco #Frisco ”
So this #Soulful Sunday I have #BaconAndBlunts and watch people play hoops and soccer and this Victorian house is driving down the street. Only in San Francisco #Frisco pic.twitter.com/UxtTwV6Ft1
– Parlay Brand (@PARLAY_BRAND_) February 21, 2021
Roweena D’Souza posted a picture of a tricky maneuvering curve and wrote: “There is nothing to see here except an entire Victorian house trying to turn left #SanFrancisco”
There is nothing to see here except a whole Victorian house trying to turn left. #SanFrancisco pic.twitter.com/eNIT5nQsHp
– Roweena D’Souza (@mangalorean) February 21, 2021
The Victorian house is moving from Franklin to Fulton today … NBD. #sanfrancisco #GoPro cc @KPIXtv @GoPro pic.twitter.com/4N0D6cnQWn
– 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 carnival procession,” Dan Newmark told the San Francisco Chronicle.
“It’s a one-time thing,” added Teresa. “You hear about it when an earthquake happens.”
The San Francisco realtor and Victorian owner Tim Brown had to pay about $ 200,000 for various permissions and fees associated with the move.
The former location of the house at 807 Franklin Street is to become an eight-story, 48-unit home, while the transported Victorian residence will be anchored at 635 Fulton Street.