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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.

A truck eases a Victorian cottage from the lot onto Royal Street during its move to the West Adams/University Park community, Friday, July 24, 2015.

A truck eases a Victorian cottage from the lot onto Royal Street during its move to the West Adams/University Park community, Friday, July 24, 2015.

Residents watch as a Victorian cottage is backed into its new location at 2350 Portland Street in the West Adams/University Park community, Friday, July 24, 2015.

Residents watch as a Victorian cottage is backed into its new location at 2350 Portland Street in the West Adams/University Park community, Friday, July 24, 2015.

Workers help direct a Victorian cottage as it is backed into its new location at 2350 Portland Street in the West Adams/University Park community, Friday, July 24, 2015.

Workers help direct a Victorian cottage as it is backed into its new location at 2350 Portland Street in the West Adams/University Park community, Friday, July 24, 2015.