The Vautravers Building was built in Chicago in 1894, just a few years before the installation of the Chicago Transit red and purple commuter rail lines. The rail lines had to be built around the Vautravers Building, slowing the trains and lengthening commuter times. When the CTA began an extensive rail system modernization, they hired Wolfe House Movers to slide the 55×70′, 840-ton building sideways 30′ and back 4′, allowing them to straighten and expand the tracks. Wolfe used several layers of steel beams, unified jacking machines, X/Y skates, and push-pull rams to support the building and safely and efficiently slide it to the new location on the site.
Triple-Brick, 3-Story Building
Weighed 840 Tons
Slid 30' West and 4' South for Rail Line Construction