SPRINGFIELD, Ohio - A lot of moving and shaking is going on at Wittenberg University this Wednesday and Thursday, May 28-29 when a 1930s vintage home is set in motion to crawl across campus.
The University District is made up of fine Victorian homes and other large houses built since the 19th century. The structure at 834 Woodlawn has been home to many upperclassmen and staff throughout the years. To clear the site of a planned new residence hall, the home will be relocated to 221 West College Ave.
Unlike most small residential colleges, when Wittenberg students become upperclassmen they have an opportunity to live just off campus in the classic old residential houses of the University District. Other upper-class students opt to live in Greek houses, or in one of two 48-bed modern apartment complexes constructed during 2002-03. (The second is now nearing completion.)
“Wittenberg is making an effort to retain a mix of old and new housing to appeal to all students,” said Vice President of Business and Finance Darrell Kitchen. “Some of these houses should be preserved and will complement their new neighborhoods.”
Weighing approximately 100 tons, the house will be moved in two stages. Using a truck and trailer, the house will be moved onto Woodlawn Avenue Wednesday afternoon and then moved to its final destination sometime Thursday. The entire process is expected to take approximately 3-4 hours.
The house will be restored at its new location and will house upper-class students again in the fall of 2004.
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