Aside from the normal complexities of moving a building through downtown city streets, design and implementation of the move had to take into account two substantial challenges. The first was that the building had to be moved down a very steep hill. This dictated the design and installation of substantial building reinforcement in the form of steel bracing on the back of the building. Very close control of the braking system was also required while traveling downhill. As a precaution, a secondary braking system was put in place as backup in the event of primary system failure.
The second challenge was that the Armstrong House had to be rotated “on a dime” in the middle of a city intersection in order to line it up perfectly to fit between adjacent buildings as it moved forward after the rotation. Both challenges, as well as all other issues, were successfully dealt with.
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