Prized Venturi home to be shipped to NY

    A historic piece of pop-art will be moved by boat from Long Beach Island, New Jersey, to its new home on Long Island, New York, this week. It might not sound like a difficult task, except that this piece happens to be a house – one designed by famed Philadelphia architect Robert Venturi in 1967.

    A historic piece of pop-art will be moved by boat from Long Beach Island, New Jersey, to its new home on Long Island, New York, this week. It might not sound like a difficult task, except that this piece happens to be a house – one designed by famed Philadelphia architect Robert Venturi in 1967. WHYY’s Shai Ben-Yaacov reports.
    Credit: Todd Sheridan
    Caption: Robert Venturi at the Lieb House
    Transcript:
    The Lieb House’s boxy frame, sail-shaped window and oversized number nine have been praised by modernist architects and artists. It was bought by two New York art collectors who want to use it as a guest house next to their home, which was also designed by Venturi.

    Jamin Buckingham of the Bernville, Pennsylvania-based Wolfe Housemovers says modern technology has made moving the house relatively easy.

    Buckingham: “We lay a ramp down from land to the barge, and that will be on a slight incline loading it, and the house sits on power dollies, they’re self-propelled remote control power dollies, and it drives on by itself.”

    The house’s size made it difficult to move on roads without hitting powerlines. It is scheduled to arrive in Glen Cove, Long Island, on Friday.

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