Historic Buildings Reach New Homes in Iowa City and Des Moines

Three Successful Building Moves in One Week

Posted by CC on March 16th, 2008 11:44 am

The Wetherby Cottage in Iowa City and the Murillo Apartments and Henshie-Briggs Row House in Des Moines all reached their new lots after Iowa’s winter weather finally cooperated long enough to allow them to roll. As reported previously in “Preservation News from Across the State,” each of the buildings were saved from demolition by preservationists able to find a way to move the historic buildings to a new location. The two Des Moines buildings were moved within one weekend, beginning with the Henshie-Briggs Row House overnight February 29, 2008, and ending with the Murillo reaching its destination on Sunday, March 2. Although the row house move proceeded without incident, the Murillo bogged down in the mud and took longer than expected. The Wetherby Cottage successfully moved on Tuesday, March 4. Congratulations to the preservationists, moving companies, and everyone who supported saving these important buildings!