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Invitation to the building move, 1969

JHSGW Collections

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Copyright 1969, The Washington Post.

Jim McNamara, photographer. Used with permission.

Relocation

Moving the 270-ton building was a complicated feat and took three hours. Along the way, a gas main ruptured. The gas company burned off excess gas to prevent it from accumulating in nearby buildings, causing small fires in the manholes, which provided curious spectators with a bit of warmth on the bitterly cold day.