Houses hit the road: Victorians preserved by moving a few blocks away
The Victorian home heads to its new home, a few blocks farther from the USC University Park Campus. (USC Photo/Mike Baker)
It’s not every day you see a house heading down the street, but that happened twice this week just north of the University Park Campus.
Two turn-of-the-century Victorian homes were spared the wrecking ball, instead moving to new locations a few blocks away.
USC needs the homes’ original location, so the university relocated the historic buildings from Royal Street to a vacant lot on Portland Street. The homes were moved in the wee hours of Wednesday and Friday morning; they’ll be restored as community housing.
The project is a collaboration between USC, the University Park Historic Preservation Overlay Zone, the West Adams Heritage Association and Southland Development, a for-profit organization that works to provide quality community housing.