Davie Shoring pulls the first half of the house at 921 General Pershing onto Magazine Street to its destination in Mid City. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)
A home on General Pershing Street previously slated for demolition to make way for the expansion of St. George’s Episcopal School is instead being moved to Mid-City, where it will be rehabilitated and sold to a teacher.
Early Friday morning, the first half of the home located at 921 General Pershing was lifted and shipped off to Mid City at the corner of St. Anne and North White street.
Joyce Griener lived in that home for 52 years before selling it to St. George’s Episcopal School, which is located just across General Pershing street, in 2014.
St. Georges had used it as an early education facility. On the lot, they plan to build a new extended early education facility for two and three year olds as well as a pre-K program by fall of 2016. The home was gutted and prepared for moving by members of Youth Rebuilding New Orleans. They will also help in the home’s preparation on its new location.
The organization plans on selling the home in Mid City to a New Orleans area teacher for about 20 percent below its market value, according to Sam Stephens, the programming director at Youth Rebuilding New Orleans.
The second half of the home will be moved to the new Mid City location at a later date.
The day’s efforts to move the house were blocked by a dumpster on Magazine street that made it too narrow to pass.
Ms. Joyce Griener, the previous owner of the home for 52 years, watches as her old home is lifted and taken away. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)
Davie Shoring carefully pulls the home off of its lot, down General Pershing towards Magazine Street. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)
Youth Rebuilding New Orleans workers (left to right) Sam Stephens, Traelle Noble, Danielle Holmes, Devhante Woods, and Prince Woods, watch as the the home is lifted. They worked to prepare the home for moving. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)
Brittney Furca, left, Lauren Cage, right, volunteers from LSU’s Nursing School, and Devhante Woods, center, help clean up rubble after the house left the lot. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)
Traelle Nobel, left, and Tre Bullard, right, dump debris from the home into a dumpster once the movers left. (Zach Brien UptownMessenger.com)
The second half of the home will be moved to the Mid City property at a later date. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)
The first half of the home returned to General Pershing. The first effort to move it was thwarted by a dumpster on Magazine street that made it too narrow to pass. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)