On April 14, 2015 I authored a post on this blog entitled “A Call to Action”. The news came out that the Paine Art Center wished to expand its' parking to the lot next door which was occupied by the one hundred four year old Louis Schriber house. The art center offered the house for the price of one dollar to anyone who would move it. In that post I urged the art center and the citizens of Oshkosh to find a way to make the relocation happen and I take no credit what transpired over the next year. That honer goes to the many creative and patient people how worked long and hard for a solution. This is not news to some but to some it may be, the move is a fait accompli, and the house should survive for another one hundred years.
When first announced, the magazine "This Old House" highlighted the availability of the building, generating nation wide interest and many inquiries. At last a deal was worked out between the Paine Art Center, David and Jason DeVooght and their sister Tammie DeVooght-Blaney the latter being on the staff of The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley and the brothers operators of DeVooght House and Building Movers. The company was started by their father Don and although headquartered in New Jersey, DeVooght has moved other Oshkosh houses. Of note was the 1985 relocation of another brick house from Oshkosh to Menasha via Lake Winnebago. The plan for the Schriber home didn't call for placing the house on a barge and float it twenty miles north, merely turning it around and moving it a block down the street. A near by vacant lot was available and the planning began; first the 200 ton building would need to be jacked up and 65 tons of steel beams placed under it. Fourteen, remote controlled eight wheel dollies were attached to the beams. One hundred twelve wheels rolled the house from it's old foundation and turned it, moved it to the street, then down the block and on to it's new foundation.
There was prep work of a somewhat disappointing nature; two fine old oak tree had to be cut down, one in order to get the house on to the street and the other stood where the house was to be placed. The entire move took several days and was cover in the social media. There will be more work as the new occupants make the place livable once again. I tip my hat to all those who made this possible, it was truly a job well done.