July 17, 2014 9:53 AM Subscribe
posted by zamboni (18 comments total)
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In 1929, the Indiana Bell Telephone Company decided to build a new office building. Rather than demolishing the old building, on the advice of Kurt Vonnegut, Sr., they moved it
“An extra 200'+ of slack
was spliced into the telephone cables and the plumbing and gas lines were fitted with flexible hoses to allow the building to remain in full service. All of the 500+ long-distance telephone circuits remained in full service during the move. The elevators remained in use throughout the move, only they did not descend past the first floor. A curved sidewalk of steel and concrete was built between Meridian and New York Streets, following the outline of the building's arc of rotation. A bridge from the curved walk to the front door was moved along with the building, providing uninterrupted access.
Eighteen workers using 100-ton jacks moved the building in 3/8-inch increments. The move began on October 14, 1930 and was completed on November 12. A special concrete mat was poured below the basement level and covered with large timbers and 600 tons of rail. The building moved on more than 400 rollers, and its occupants were not conscious of any motion during the move. It remains one of the largest buildings ever moved.”