The house, once moved, is now a home.

After a team of approximately 30 people moved the 75-ton Munson-Pott House from its original location on North Anderson Street to its final resting place near the intersection of 10th Avenue and C Street in June of 2018, things are finally starting to come together.

Flash back to last summer, when owner Darren Reid purchased the property on Anderson Street. He originally listed the home in the classified section hoping someone would step up and move it off the lot where he originally intended to build an apartment building.

Nobody jumped at the opportunity, so Reid decided to take the initiative. After local landowner Mollie Edson offered him a lot to move the house to, he formed a plan. The move ended up costing approximately $85,000 last June. Approximately 30 people showed up to watch the house creep by Barge Hall in the early hours of the morning.

Now that it’s been relocated, Reid decided to move his family from the West Side and make it his permanent home. He went to elementary school in Ellensburg and graduated from Central Washington University, so he has roots in the area. The family moved in officially in July.

In its new location, the house looks similar, yet different. It has shed its old yellow hue for a new paint job, and it now boasts a garage addition, something its original owners would never have been able to conceptualize. Through the move Reid said he has worked hard to maintain many of the original features of the home.

In order to do so, he said many of the rooms needed to be torn apart and reassembled to fix internal issues.

“It needed all new plumbing, HVAC, electrical,” he said. “It was pretty extensive.”

The main challenges Reid faced while working on the house was lining up contractors to get the work done.

“With the economy being so good, a lot of the contractors are being pulled up to Suncadia and places like that,” he said. “Ellensburg’s been pretty stretched as far as most contractors are a couple months out if you can get them at all.”

CHALLENGES

Other challenges included tying in utilities to the lot and adhering to new building codes. Reid said he found the latter to be remarkable.

“It’s just night and day,” he said. “The amount of lumber required to do an addition. The house stood for 110 years the way it was built, and they’re having us do a lot more extensive work now.”

As he walks through the house, Reid points out areas where he salvaged materials from the house’s first life and explains how he has maintained the original nature of the home in its new incarnation. He is working to retain the original push-button electrical switches, something that is unseen in most houses in this era.

“It’s a little expensive,” he said. “Eventually I’d like to do all the outlets in that too and maybe the upstairs in push-button, but maybe a little bit at a time. Sticking to our budget like any construction project like this I’d say was the hardest part.”

Reid recently hosted an open house where he invited contractors who worked on the project, as well as neighbors, family and friends to see the work in progress.

“It was just kind of a big thank you to all those that helped,” he said. “This neighborhood is awesome. The response that we’ve gotten from people, it blew me away.”

The outpouring of support from neighborhood residents helped the family transition into their new home. Reid said the move was a perfect fit for the neighborhood.

“A lot of people in this area love historic homes,” he said. “That’s why they live here. The addition of a historic home, they were all on board as opposed to it being torn down.”

Although he has no plans to physically move another historic home, Reid and members of his family recently purchased the historic Ames home on Sixth Avenue and Pine Street. As he worked through the permitting process for the Munson-Pott home, he said he met people in the community who knew of historic homes in the city that need rehabilitation. The new purchase was one of them.

“No moving it,” he said. “We won’t be doing that again.”

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