Lockkeepers House Moved at the National Mall in DC

Historic stone house moving on the Buckingham Powered dolly system.

Preparing the Lockkeeper’s House to be moved 50 feet as part of a restoration project.

Wolfe House Movers relocated this historic little stone house — known as the Lockkeeper’s House — on Thursday, Oct 12th. The 18’x32′ single story stone house has sat at the corner of Constitution Ave NW and 17th St NW, just across from the White House since it was built in 1837 as the toll house for the C&O Canal Extension linking the Washington City Canal with the C&O Canal. The 110 ton stone house was lifted on steel beams with a Unified Hydraulic Jacking System and then moved approximately 30′ back and 30′ sideways on 4 Buckingham Dollies to its new foundation. See behind-the-scenes photos and a time-lapse video on our project page and on YouTube.

October 2018 Update
Wolfe House & Building Movers, along with other contractors who worked on the Lockkeeper’s House project, won the Engineering News-Record 2018 award for “Best Renovation/Restoration” project. You can read the ENR article here.

You can read more about the move and see time-lapse videos at the links below.




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