Historic Vautravers Building Relocation

/ August 2021

Vautravers Building ready to begin inserting steel beams
Basement excavated and ready in Vautravers Building
Vautravers Building with first layer of lifting steel
Vautravers supporting steel being set in place
Vautravers Building with roll beams and steel ready to go
Morning of Vautravers Buildlng move
Vautravers Building move
Jackng machine in use for Vautravers Building move
Vautravers Building set to roll forward over steel beams
XY skates lined up under the Vautravers Building
Push-pull rams used to slide the Vautravers Building
Workers stack crib for the Vautravers Building
Aeriel view of the Vautravers Building slid forward from rail tracks
Aerial view of Vautravers Building in final position
Vautravers Building ready to begin inserting steel beams
Basement excavated and ready in Vautravers Building
Vautravers Building with first layer of lifting steel
Vautravers supporting steel being set in place
Vautravers Building with roll beams and steel ready to go
Morning of Vautravers Buildlng move
Vautravers Building move
Jackng machine in use for Vautravers Building move
Vautravers Building set to roll forward over steel beams
XY skates lined up under the Vautravers Building
Push-pull rams used to slide the Vautravers Building
Workers stack crib for the Vautravers Building
Aeriel view of the Vautravers Building slid forward from rail tracks
Aerial view of Vautravers Building in final position

House & Building Moving

/ August 2021

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.

Specs

Triple-Brick, 3-Story Building

Weighed 840 Tons

Slid 30' West and 4' South for Rail Line Construction

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