The stone pavilion at Orchard Beach State Park was safely relocated this past Friday, December 11th and Saturday, December 12th. The building made its move on 27 Buckingham Dollies, and was moved over 1,000′ to where its new foundation was prepared. The final part of the move on Saturday was finished up in a small blizzard which made the site beautiful, though a little slippery. The Buckingham Power Dolly System handled the precipitation just fine and the building is now resting over the new footers and awaiting the foundation walls to be built up under it.
Original Post 12.4.20
Lake Michigan’s eroding shoreline is threatening hundreds of homes and buildings, including the stone Shelter Building at Orchard Beach State Park in Manistee, Michigan. The 1,250-ton limestone pavilion was built on a bluff above the lake in the 1940s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, and has been the scene of many weddings, reunions, and other events. Wolfe House & Building Movers is moving the shelter 1400′ away from the bluff and through the park to a safe location where it will be placed over a new basement and reincorporated into community life. Visit Orchard Beach State Park’s Facebook page for ongoing coverage of the move.