House moves more than a mile overnight

GOLDEN - A historic brick home that sat at 1812 Illinois Street for more than 90 years moved almost a mile overnight Tuesday.

The 935-square-foot home, which was built in 1923, now sits at 410 Ninth Street.

The historic house's journey began on March 26 when the City of Golden announced the house would be given away, for free, to anyone that could move it to a new location.

The house was located on property slated to be used by the Colorado School of Mines' new Welcome Center, which will be located at 18th and Illinois Streets.

The City of Golden said the Historic Preservation Board considered the home an important piece of history. So the City of Golden persuaded the CSM to give it to whoever could move the home in hopes of preserving it, according to the City.

Moving the house was quite the process.

Sam Kimbriel of Easy Street Properties, who acquired the home from the city, said moving the house itself, tearing down the existing house that was at 410 9th Street, and setting the house on the new foundation will cost at least $70,000.

Streets along the route, where the house would travel, also had to be temporarily closed and cleared of vehicles. Power lines were moved and even the weather had to cooperate.

The house was originally scheduled to be moved to its new location the night of July 29, but heavy rains and mud, delayed the move twice.

On Tuesday, August 5, the stars aligned and the move began around 10 p.m.

Dozens of Golden residents came out to watch the house on wheels.

The house moved about three feet per minute and took a total of about three and a half hours to get from its old address to its new address. At times it stood still- as crews cleared the path bringing down power lines and getting tree branches out of the way.

The house came within inches of hitting a building, at one point, and almost hit a Chevy Blazer. About a half-a dozen men literally picked up the several-thousand pound SUV and moved it out of the way with their bare hands.

The house itself lost a few bricks from its chimney said Box Haxel, one of the new owners of the home.

Bob and Cindy Haxel plan to use the home for their business, The Golden Well Being Collective. The Haxels said the home would be used as a wellness center where customers can get massages, acupuncture and other services.

The Haxel's aren't the official the new home owner's yet. They can't close on the house until the house has officially been set on its foundation.

The Haxel's said they are planning on putting about $400,000 - $425,000 into renovating the house.

The home, before the move, was valued at $207,000, not counting the land, according to the Jefferson County Assessor's Property Records.


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