Last month, a Finnish family gave a new life to a 95-year-old Dundarave heritage home by transporting it to Malcolm Island.
The operation, carried out by Nickel Bros, took place during the night of November 2 and 3.
The official photographer of the North Shore Heritage Preservation Society, Tom Neilson, stayed up right through the night to capture the critical events during the move of the house from Dundarave to Ambleside.
The series of photographs by Tom Neilson below shows the progress of the house along Marine Drive, which was completely closed to traffic for the occasion, and the several locations where the house was literally squeezed past traffic lights and under utility cables.
The final obstacle encountered and overcome was the railway tracks and the grade-crossing signaling system.
The critical deadline to make the drive onto the barge at the optimum high tide mark was met exactly on schedule.
The home at 2367 Marine Drive was described as the “epitome of timeless beauty, yet with contemporary comfort of thermal windows custom designed to her original character.”
North Shore Heritage Preservation Society said it always prefers a home remains in place, but supports relocation in order to preserve the house for others to see and for environmental reasons.