Queen Anne with top sliced off being hauled by movers
Photo: Stephen Karlisch
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Before: Moving the Queen Anne

But moving a shorter house was the only way to avoid the extra $20,000 the town charges to move overhead utility wires in its path.

We consoled ourselves with the fact that, inside, we'd only lose an unfinished attic and a sleeping porch rotted beyond repair. But we reeled as each new step added on to the eventual $35,000 in moving costs. By the time the house-bearing trailer broke down en route, blocking traffic for 3 hours, we were buying the officers escorting us cheeseburgers for lunch and pledging $250 to the Policemen's Benevolent Association to take the sting out of so much overtime.
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