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Booth Cottage on the Move

The Glencoe Historical Society is moving the original portion of the Wright-designed Booth Cottage to a new location. See our previous coverage for more on why and how this is happening.

Booth Cottage was moved to Glencoe Park 7N on July 21. It will remain on temporary supports pending construction of a permanent foundation.

Wednesday, August 5: Preparations underway for pouring footings in the new foundation.

Photo courtesy Peter Van Vechten

Tuesday, August 4: Excavation has begun to construct a new permanent foundation for Booth Cottage in Glencoe Park 7N. Footings will be poured within approximately a week.

Photo courtesy of Ed Goodale, Glencoe Historical Society

Photo courtesy of Ed Goodale, Glencoe Historical Society

Photo courtesy of Ed Goodale, Glencoe Historical Society

Tuesday, July 21: Conservancy staff, board members, and supporters were on hand to monitor and document the move of Booth Cottage to Park 7N, approximately 0.1 miles down the road. The move was a success, and the cottage is now resting on temporary supports pending the completion of a permanent foundation.

Executive Director Barbara Gordon shared photos in real time on social media throughout the move. These can be viewed most easily in this Twitter thread.

Advocacy Committee Co-Chair Ron Scherubel captured video of key moments, which we have compiled into a short movie (viewable on Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube):

Photojournalist Mark Hertzberg captured photos which he has graciously allowed us to share. His chronicle of the process is online here. His photos are below, as well as in albums on Facebook or Flickr.

Photo copyright Mark Hertzberg

Photo copyright Mark Hertzberg

Photo copyright Mark Hertzberg

Photo copyright Mark Hertzberg

Photo copyright Mark Hertzberg

Photo copyright Mark Hertzberg

Photo copyright Mark Hertzberg

Photo copyright Mark Hertzberg

Photo copyright Mark Hertzberg

Photo copyright Mark Hertzberg

Photo copyright Mark Hertzberg

Photo copyright Mark Hertzberg

Photo copyright Mark Hertzberg

Photo copyright Mark Hertzberg

Photo copyright Mark Hertzberg

Photo copyright Mark Hertzberg

Photo copyright Mark Hertzberg

Photo copyright Mark Hertzberg

Photo copyright Mark Hertzberg

Photo copyright Mark Hertzberg

Photo copyright Mark Hertzberg

Photo copyright Mark Hertzberg

Monday, July 20: Wheels have been attached to the beams supporting the house, and it is ready to roll.

Friday, July 17: The house has been raised up and moved onto supportive beams to facilitate the move. Wheels will be attached to the beams.

Photo courtesy of Peter Van Vechten

Photo courtesy of Peter Van Vechten

Thursday, July 16: The house has been raised up on beams to prepare for its move. Gravel is in place on the site where it will be temporarily placed while a permanent foundation is built.

Thursday, June 26: As part of Wright Virtual Visits, the Conservancy created and shared this video with the Gordon House in Silverton, Oregon, which was similarly saved by relocation.

 

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Tuesday, May 26: Work is ongoing to prepare for the move, slowed by the impacts of coronavirus. The Glencoe Historical Society requested additional funds from the Village to construct a basement, but the request was denied. Learn more from the Chicago Tribune.

Friday, April 10: Demolition of rear bedroom addition, plus higher-quality photos of carport and chimney demolition.

 

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Work continues at Booth Cottage, where a rear bedroom addition has been demolished. More photos from late last week are now up on SaveWright.org #FrankLloydWright #historicpreservation #demolition

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Demolition of bedroom addition

Demolition of bedroom addition

Demolition of bedroom addition

Demolition of bedroom addition

Demolition of bedroom addition

Demolition of chimney, with structural supports added

Demolition of chimney, with structural supports added

Demolition of chimney, with structural supports added

Demolition of chimney, with structural supports added

Higher-quality photos of carport demolition

Higher-quality photos of carport demolition

Higher-quality photos of carport demolition

Higher-quality photos of carport demolition

Tuesday, April 7: Heavy demolition work on the garage and porte-cochère has been completed in the last few days. The removal of these later additions has clearly revealed the original form of the house.

 

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We could watch this non-original port-cochère fall away from Booth Cottage all day! New progress photos up at SaveWright.org #FrankLloydWright #historicpreservation #selectivedemolition #stayhome

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Booth Cottage with demolition of additions underway

Booth Cottage with demolition of additions underway

Booth Cottage with demolition of additions underway

Booth Cottage with demolition of additions underway

Booth Cottage with demolition of additions underway

Booth Cottage after demolition of later additions

Booth Cottage after demolition of added garage

Tuesday, March 31: Workers have made progress on separating the garage and other later additions to the cottage, which aren’t going to be moved. The chimney is being deconstructed above the roofline in preparation for the move.

Booth Cottage move preparations 3/31/2020

Booth Cottage move preparations 3/31/2020

Booth Cottage move preparations 3/31/2020

Booth Cottage move preparations 3/31/2020

Booth Cottage move preparations 3/31/2020

Booth Cottage move preparations 3/31/2020

Booth Cottage move preparations 3/31/2020

Booth Cottage move preparations 3/31/2020

Monday, March 23: Last week, a construction fence was put up around the house. Utility markings and flags were placed on the Park Lot 7N where the cottage will be moved.

Booth Cottage with Construction Fencing

Booth Cottage with Construction Fencing

Utility flags on future site of Booth Cottage

Utility flags on future site of Booth Cottage

Posted on March 23, 2020

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