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How to Move an Entire House

By Elizabeth Finkelstein. Remember last Valentine’s Day, when we made a video about those 6 amazing historical homes being offered for free, provided they could be moved? Well, ever since then, we’ve received a slew of emails asking how one would go about moving a house!   Since I’ve never moved a house myself, I decided to ask the amazing Mike Brovont over at Wolfe House & Building Movers for some tips, and to debunk some of the common myths about moving houses (like, can you move a 3-story Victorian from Detroit to Florida?). Wolfe moved Alexander Hamilton’s “country” house in New York City among other landmark structures, so they certainly know their stuff. If you’re considering moving a house, this interview is one you definitely have to

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Spotted on Craigslist! A Free Farmhouse in Iowa

by Rachael Meyerink We recently spotted this massive, classic Queen Anne in Ellston, Iowa, that is in desperate need of a new owner. According to this ad on Craigslist, it faces the wrecking ball unless someone is willing to save the day and move it to safety. The moving costs would be considerable, but the house itself is FREE! Need someplace to move it? The owner apparently has 9 acres of land only 3.5 miles away for the property to rest on. That convenience, paired with the beautiful wrap around porch, columns, original clapboard siding and abundant cross gables and dormers may make this house irresistible to the right old house

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Free Houses! These 6 Gorgeous Old Houses Are Free For The Taking — Provided You Can Move Them

By Elizabeth Finkelstein. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I know exactly what you’re thinking: What on earth do I get the old house lover in my life??? I’ve hand-picked six gorgeous old houses that I can promise your significant is just going to LOVE. And here’s the really cool thing: all of these are being offered for free provided that you pick them up and move them to another site. Free houses AND rescuing a piece of history? That sounds like a match made in heaven. (Psst! Make sure to follow CIRCA’s YouTube Channel to see more old house eye candy each

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Free House! A National Register-Listed Home in Fargo, ND

by Elizabeth Finkelstein The best things in life are free, right? Houses included! Welcome to CIRCA’s new column, which spotlights wonderful old houses being offered entirely free-of-charge. First stop: Fargo, ND!   You never really know what you’ll find on Craigslist, but when an ad for a free historical house listed on the National Register of Historic Places pops up, you’ve gotta pause and read on! According to the ad, this turn-of-the-century home was designed by pioneering Fargo architect A.J. O’Shea. Fargo is a goldmine of great old houses, and there is a lot to love inside this beautiful home. What’s the catch? It needs to be moved by October 30th. But really, this is the kind of stuff you just can’t find in a newly-built

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FREE Houses! All You Have to Do Is Move Them.

Being a historic preservation professional married to the director of a creative agency, I am constantly being challenged to appreciate the value of new things as much as I love the past (before I met Ethan, I would happily have plotted my overseas time travel to 1920s London and never looked back, even if it meant being dead by now). Ethan’s perspective has opened my eyes to the incredible ways in which new media can transform preservation advocacy, and how critical it is that preservation groups jump on the new media bandwagon. If you’re at all tapped into this world, you’ve probably seen the stats showing that social media is no longer an option for businesses; rather, it’s “just the ways things are.”   CIRCA’s presence on Facebook has introduced me to a number of wonderful

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