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June 06, 2014 | CREBNow

McHugh on the move

One of Calgary's oldest homes is headed to a new home on Sunday.

Built in 1896, and located at 110 18th Ave., McHugh House, is one of the 10 oldest homes in the city. Donated to the City by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary, the home is being moved to Humpy Hollow Park at the corner of 17th Avenue and Centre Street. "We are thrilled that this heritage home is going to be preserved and restored for future generations," said Darryl Cariou, senior heritage planner with the City. "Historic buildings like the McHugh House help Calgarians stay connected with their past and give our communities a character that is unique and irreplaceable."

The homes brick facade was removed in order to lessen the weight of the home and it was braced with plywood to prevent swaying. The house will be travelling down Centre Street from 9 to 11 a.m. on Sunday followed by crews.

In order to accommodate the move there will be some road closures in the Beltline community.

  • 18th Avenue S.W. will be closed between Centre Street and First Street S.W.

  • Centre Street will be closed between 18th Avenue and 15th Avenue S.W.

  • Humpy Hollow Park will be temporarily closed to the public

"It is not often that people get to see an entire house moved down the street and it is going to be quite the thing for us to watch," said Ross Golightly, project manager with the City. "However, the top priorities for us will be making sure nothing happens to put anyone or the house in danger, so we are asking everyone who comes down to keep their eyes and ears open for instructions about where to watch from."

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