121-year-old Boyle Heights home moves across the street

A small crowd of curious residents gathered at the corner of East 1st and North Soto streets in Boyle Heights Thursday to watch the 121-year-old Peabody Werden House roll across the street. 

“I’ve never seen anything like this before,” said Carmen Vera, who has lived in the Eastside neighborhood for 35 years. “I got something in the mail that said they’d be moving a house, and I came to watch.”

The house, a columned Tudor with fading blue paint, was being moved to an empty MTA lot across the street to make way for a new affordable housing project.

Workers used jacks to lift the historical building from its foundation, fitted it with wheels and then propelled it across the street with a track loader. Once across the street, they lowered the structure into its new “home.” 

Vera said it was something to watch the building travel.

Specator Kazuiyori Negishi, a former tenant of the house who had lived there for 10 years, said he heard rumors about a year ago of new owners asking the renters to leave the home in order to construct affordable housing units in its place.

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