Some time this afternoon the Harrison Gray Otis House will arrive at its final destination. An eventful journey it has been for the occupants of the house as the scenery has been changing before their eyes. Looking out through the windows as they went along they would find inch after inch of familiar scenes pass out of line, till the
Charles River dam hid behind a brick wall, for the historic building was speeding ahead at the rate of one foot per hour when the road was clear.
By its own weight the Otis House is so solidly set on the improvised trucks and man-powered motors that it is virtually motorized, and travels without the slightest vibration, carrying with it all its pipe connections for the convenience of its occupants.
What may seem more remarkable is that not even a crack in the building has occurred, although it is a brick structure weighing approximately 900 tons or 1,800,000 pounds. It was never weighed of course, but the working men who had to lift it off its foundation made some calculations on the power they had to apply on to the jacks they used.
Eight men pushed the building by hand. They braced their screw jacks against the ground, pointed the other end toward the building and then, as they turned the screws around one full revolution they pushed the house ahead five-eights of an inch. Thus turning all together at the same time they produced an even forward movement which did not twist the building out of shape.
Boston Evening Transcript, June 27, 1925