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By Fanna Haile-Selassie

Moving history


Mantorville, MN (KTTC-DT) --

A historic home is getting a new location today in Mantorville. The Preservation Association had the delicate task of moving a nearly 150 year-old home.

The house was about half the width of the street... a very impressive sight to see that coming down your avenue. The Mantorville Preservation Association says it's necessary to save the building.

The house is known as the Greek Revival building, because it was built in that style sometime between the 1820's and 1860's. Association president Paul Larsen says it's one of the oldest buildings in the city. They want to restore the house, but it's foundation is crumbling. So, for nearly $15,000, they're moving it next to another city antique

"This property belongs to the Mantorville Restoration Association, and we bought and restored the limestone carriage house here, probably about 20 years ago or so. We're just adding this house as part of the complex here," says Larsen.

The construction workers should have the house on its new foundation by the end of the day. The next step is to raise funds to finish restoring the house.

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