Epler Schoolhouse Relocation

Reading, PA / July 2020

House & Building Moving

Reading, PA / July 2020

Epler School was built in 1847 and operated as a one-room school for almost 85 years until it was converted to a private residence in 1931. Last fall, the historic stone building was scheduled to be torn down to make way for the construction of a large industrial park. The building’s owner, local residents, and generous donors worked together to cover the cost of moving the building to the nearby Berks County Historical Center, where it will be restored to educate visitors on 19th century life in Berks County.

Wolfe House & Building Movers excavated around the school and installed a platform of steel beams and five Buckingham dollies under the building. On Tuesday, July 7, 2020, they used the remote-controlled Smartsteer™ dollies to carry the 145-ton building along the 1 ½ mile route to its new location, where it was driven down the ramp and set over the new foundation.

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Built in 1847

23'x29' 1 ½ story

Moved 1.5 miles

Weighed 145 tons