St. Marys man gets former Pfaff home transported to Jones St. West
By Pat Payton
It created quite a stir in the town’s west end last week.
The ‘event’ was the move of a house from 86 Robinson St. to 224 Jones St., and it certainly attracted lots of interest from local residents who lined the streets along the route. The 1,100 square ft. house, now owned by St. Marys resident Paul Chesterfield, was the former home of Harvey and Marjorie Pfaff. It was built by local carpenter Murray Mitchell in 1960.
The moving company, Continental Building Movers out of Strathroy, took approximately three hours to transport the house to its new location on Aug. 31. The following day, the house was placed two and a half feet above its new foundation.
Early this week, Continental workers were scheduled to place the house securely onto the foundation. Richard Friesen, owner of the moving company, said the house would be lowered eight inches at a time, and that the process could take a couple of hours to complete.
Friesen told the Independent that it was a “standard move,” but the original kitchen and carport had to be left behind on Robinson St.
“It was a very well-built house,” he noted. “For us, it was a pretty simple, straightforward move, but we did have to cut the one side of the house. It made it too big to fit down the road in one piece.”
In an interview with the newspaper, Chesterfield said his son Dan and his wife Stef will live in the house. “Eventually, they’re going to take my house (at 36 Ontario Street North) and I will live here on Jones Street.”
Chesterfield got the idea to move the house after learning his relatives did the same up north on several occasions.
“Around Balsam Lake (in the Kawartha Lakes area) several years ago, they put about six different cottages on water-front properties,” he said. “There’s more to it than you would think. I had to hire people to take the bricks off. But I’m pretty happy; nobody got hurt and it’s here all in one piece.
“I can’t believe it’s got all this attention,” he added with a laugh.
Chesterfield added that he won’t be putting the bricks back on the house at its new location. One of the first tasks will be putting in new flooring. He also noted that the foundation has a full nine-foot basement.
–Continental Building Movers also transports barns and replaces foundations, Friesen said. “We do a lot of historical work, too, homes built in the 1800s,” he added.