The roof structure and Craftsman porch have been removed from the century-old house at 721 E. Orange St. in preparation to move it to an empty lot one block away next month.

Portions of Lake Avenue and Lime Street will be closed from 6 a.m. to noon that day so that a Jacksonville company can move the 40,000-pound house to a vacant lot owned by real estate investor and historic preservationist Gregory Fancelli.

It takes three and a half minutes to stroll around the corner to 711 E. Lime Street, but the move on June 20, a Sunday, is estimated to take an hour.

Top photo by MeLynda Rinker

The house had been slated for demolition before Fancelli offered to move it.; the house just east of it, which was in worse shape, was demolished last week.

Apartments styled to fit in with the historic look of the Garden District neighborhood are planned for the two lots.

The one-story, wood bungalow with a gable roof was built in 1920 or 1921 and its original occupant was by B. Helen Wright, according to city records.

Moving route

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Barry Friedman founded in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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  1. Wasn’t the house next door that was demolished an historic style, too?

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