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That’s How Houses Move

Posted on May 19, 2010 by team

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To make streets wider and for redevelopment  in pre-war Moscow about 100 houses and buildings were moved. They were shifted together with lodgers and during the moving process plumbing, sewage etc. were still working.

Thus, for example, in January 1937, there was moved a laboratory house of a records factory in Aprelevka weighing 690 tons. It was followed by five small buildings preventing breakthrough of the Moscow river near Serebryanny Bor. Here specialists mastered  complicated lines of the buildings shift – change of movement direction, turns.  Here hydraulic jacks were used for the first time.

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20 responses to “That’s How Houses Move”

  1. tomas says:

    second 🙂

  2. ‘Lubomirski Palace’ in Warsaw was not only moved but also rotated in 1970 using very similar techniques.

    I’ve heard also about moving one church in Prague.

  3. MarkLenders says:

    Is this taken from the movie Ocean’s Twelve?

  4. DouglasUrantia says:

    I guess it’s worth it but it sure seems like a lot of work. After you move it, it’s still an old building with lots of problems.

  5. Chris says:


  6. krefik says:

    Mere 690 ton? Lubomirski Palace in Warsaw, moved and rotated in 1970, weight about 8000 ton.

    • rUS says:

      It’s very good that you have noticed the difference between 690 and 8000 tons. But what about 1937 and 1970?

      • Bism says:

        Thanks for asking.
        I think Poland and other people-democratic countries were using in 1970 technology similar or slightly upgraded in comparison to this one from 1937, due to the technological delay caused by mass extermination of engineers & professors as well as separation from technology, knowledge and contacts with western world during soviet occupation in these countries.

  7. Mrs. Phaking India says:

    Russians are so poor the have to move buildings…

  8. momomo says:


  9. six-string samurai says:

    In soviet Russia you move buildings… :fail:

  10. Dan says:

    I love the pictures you post, especially those of years gone by. I would also like to commend you on your progression through the English language. Over the years you have become so much better. Thank you for everything.

  11. Josie says:

    Now that’s what I call an astonishing accomplishment, especially considering the year this took place.

  12. biggfredd says:

    When my mom was a youth in New York City, she said it was common to see multi-story buildings being moved across town on the roads. When our hospital expanded, several houses they bought were moved for miles.

  13. Musa says:

    I prefer the older buildings like those. They were built to last back then. Great pictures!

  14. FLiTz says:

    Wow. epic..

  15. Jolynn Gabor says:

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