San Jose residential home relocation, Pallesen, Habit for Humanity

A centuries-old two-story apartment building weighing approximately 150 tons made a spectacle when it was relocated on the streets of San Jose, California, to the delight of the Gawkers, on the sidewalk along Reed Street early Sunday morning.

Habitat for Humanity, the City of San Jose, the Preservation Action Council of San Jose and developer KT Urban have teamed up to save the Pallesen Residence on the first block of E. Reed Street and make room for the Garden Gate Tower, a 27th floor to create -story housing project.

The move took more than three hours. But since you’re busy, we’ve rounded up the trip into a time-lapse video.

The Sunday drive was orchestrated by Kelly Brothers House Movers’ 85-year-old Howard Kelly, whose grandfather began moving houses with mules when the region was known as the Valley of Heart’s Delight rather than Silicon Valley.

Howard Kelly of Kelly Brothers House Movers claims to have a picture of himself that appeared in the newspaper when he was 12 years old, behind the wheel of a moving truck. Now he has one of his own at the young age of 85. (Karl Mondon / Bay Area News Group)
On another Sunday in 1987, Kelly Brothers House Movers rolled the historic DeLuz House down Santa Clara Street, in an iconic photo by Mercury News photographer Jim Gensheimer, as it crossed the Highway 101 flyover to the San Jose History Museum in San Jose, California, drove. The brothers moved a total of three houses that day.
The centuries-old Pallesen Residence is the latest architectural treasure saved in San Jose when the skyscrapers resumed downtown on Sunday March 28, 2021. The four-story building will be converted into affordable housing by Habit for Humanity. (Karl Mondon / Bay Area News Group)
View of South First Street from the Garden Gate Tower, a residential and retail skyscraper under construction on the corner of Reed Street where the Pallesen apartment building stood for 111 years. C2K architecture

San Francisco also had a moving party last month when the 139-year-old, two-story Victorian home was moved from a steep spot on Franklin Street to a quieter street where it becomes affordable housing like the Pallesen.

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