Volunteers move Worthington Park house project forward without fundraising

By Viviann Kuehl, contributor
Posted 10/22/13

Quilcene’s Worthington Park mansion is lifted five feet off the ground, without any fundraising, thanks to a local man.

Jeff Monroe of Monroe House Moving volunteered to move the historic (1892) …

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Volunteers move Worthington Park house project forward without fundraising

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Quilcene’s Worthington Park mansion is lifted five feet off the ground, without any fundraising, thanks to a local man.

Jeff Monroe of Monroe House Moving volunteered to move the historic (1892) two-story structure in preparation for a new foundation.

He called in six other men, who also donated their time and considerable expertise in house moving, to raise the 130-ton house on Saturday, Oct. 19.  The building was slide back into place on Oct. 24.

“It’s moving a chimney, and the rest of the house comes with it,” said Monroe, who made a special frame to support the brick chimney with concrete pumped into the base, as part of his careful preparation.

The house is part of a $300,000, 10-acre property purchase the Quilcene Historical Museum achieved this summer thanks to local and regional fundraising. A $210,000 state legislative grant allowed organizers to begin restoration of the four-bedroom, two-bath home that one day could be suitable for conferences or seminars as well as weddings and parties. Having contractors volunteer to move the house means that grant money can be stretched even further.

The house was resting on three cedar logs and sinking, causing distortion to the front side, said Mari Phillips, organizer for Phase I of the Worthington Restoration project.

The next step is to move the elevated house aside so the old foundation can be removed. Once a new foundation is prepared, the house is moved back into place. The work is expected to be completed in the next few months, depending on weather and scheduling constraints, said Phillips.

When the house is repositioned and utilities reconnected, Phase I is complete. Phillips said Phase II includes a decision regarding possible restoration of the original third-floor ballroom.

Learn more at worthingtonparkquilcene.org.

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