Allegrone In the News: Carriage House at Waltham's Gore Place Gets New Home

August 18, 2014

Gore Place Move

WALTHAM

Christopher and Rebecca Gore married in 1785. An up-and-coming Boston couple, they bought their first piece of land in Waltham and in 1793 built a wooden mansion along with a large carriage house. Six years later, the mansion burned to the ground. Nearly 220 years later, the Carriage House still stands, but is on the move.

The 40-by-70-foot, two-story Carriage House sat in the northwest corner of the 45-acre parcel of land at 52 Gore St., known as Gore Place. But this week, construction crews were picking it up and moving it about 350 feet south.

"We wanted to move it to a more historically accurate location," said director of public programs Thom Roach, adding that there is currently an issue of spring drainage in the basement, which is something "people in New England will understand."

Until the late 1960s, the House stood in the southwest section of the grounds, but the city moved it so Gore Street could be widened to accommodate the high volume of cars coming from and going to Raytheon.

The House, because of the street, cannot be returned to its previous location, but Roach said they’ve shot to get it as close as possible and already laid the new foundation.

Starting Monday, construction crews were working to lift the building up onto long steel beams using large hydraulic jacks. Nate Newton, assistant project manager with Pittsfield-based Allegrone Construction, said Tuesday that extensive planning went into the move.

After the steel beams are placed beneath the building and its weight is equally distributed across the support, Newton says the jacks slowly lift the building up, which is then supported by "shoring towers."

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