Port Moody heritage home on the move again

The Centennial Appleyard House on the move.
The Centennial Appleyard House on the move. Jennifer Palma

Third time is, hopefully, the charm for the Centennial Appleyard House.

The 77-tonne historic structure has moved at least three times and travelled more than two kilometers in its 107-year lifetime, and it made the move to its final location this morning.

The house had to make way for the Evergreen Line, but the city wanted to preserve it.

But moving the massive house is no easy task.

On Friday, a “railway” structure was set up under the house extending into the excavated hole. Today, it was set down on eight massive temporary stilts and all the railway tracks were pulled out. It will take a couple more weeks to build the footings and walls under the house and lower it onto the walls.

The house served many purposes over the years: home to a Port Moody councillor and even a pizzeria.

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It has also been completely renovated on the inside three times.

It will now be part of the Port Moody Arts Centre, and will be offering an extra 2000 square feet for classes — welcome news for a rapidly expanding city.

The whole project is expected to be completed by this summer.

With files from Jennifer Palma

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