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200 tons, 175 yards, 5 hours

Photograph of victorian-era building being moved on Mass Ave
Phil Farnsworth

One year of planning came down to five hours of drama on June 23, 2007, when three Victorian-era buildings on the Harvard Law School campus were relocated 175 yards up Massachusetts Avenue to make way for the Northwest Corner development, a major new academic complex slated for completion in 2011. A section of an HLS dormitory at the destination on Mass. Ave. was demolished to make space for the houses. Traffic was diverted, and street signs, parking meters and traffic signals were removed. Pictured below: The heaviest of the three buildings, weighing more than 200 tons, was moved by 16 hydraulic dollies, at walking speed.

As of fall 2008, in their new location on Massachusetts Avenue, the three historic houses will serve as living quarters for students.