A mid-century modern Illinois home that has been offered for sale free of charge since November – to anyone who can arrange to move it – is still in need of an owner.
The house was built in 1967 by a local modernist architect, John Schmidtke, for himself. It was designated a historic landmark in 1996 but lost its status last year when the property was merged by the city of Elgin, Ill., where it is located. There is now a deadline of April 1 for someone to suggest a possible plan to move it.
It is located on a site planned for industrial development by a company called Highway logistics.
Chicago Tribune report in November that High Street Logistics was happy to help with the move – a rare offer from a developer that is not legally required to do so.
The company managed to spread the word through its Instagram account Cheap Secondhand Homes. ONE recent posts has garnered over 2,400 comments and 41,000 shares, generating international awareness and a massive amount of interest in a specified email listed in the post.
“Since the Instagram post, our company has contacted some very real options for new owners,” said Jay Puckhaber, managing director of development and construction at High Street Logistics. in an interview. “We’re optimistic, but it’s not a done deal yet.”
“We are working with the locals, including the city, to find a solution,” he said. “Our company will cooperate and help whenever we can.”
The home’s recent owners are Andrea Macias and Jacob Dohm, who purchased the 2,200 square foot, 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home from the Schmidtke family in August 2018 and turned it into a home. wedding venue. (High Street Logistics completed its purchase from Macias and Dohm in December.)
Moving may seem difficult, but it’s not impossible. The weight of the bricks can pose a challenge, as can power lines and other obstacles along a potential route. However, since the house has a basement, that would allow movers to place the necessary supports underneath at least part of the floor. The house may even need to be divided into two parts.
A historic preservation advocacy group, Landmark Illinois, supports the effort. Lisa DiChiera, the organization’s advocacy director, said the team is “always ready to assist developers who are trying to do the right thing to save significant cultural resources”.
“We hope the city of Elgin will also support these efforts in terms of time and resources and help find a location,” she said, “either with a fee waiver or expedited permitting if needed.”
The Elgin Heritage Commission and the Elgin History Museum recently wrote in favor of its preservation.
There are success stories in moving house. Lieb’s housea fine example of mass architecture completed in 1969 by Venturi & Rauch (now VSBA Architects & Planners), made famous move by barge in 2009 from Jersey Shore to Glen Cove, NY Frank Gehry’s Winton Guest House was moved not only once, but twice.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/23/arts/design/free-house-elgin-illinois.html The modernist house costs no money, but has no builders. It needs to move.