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Historic all-electric house moves to new Johnson County location

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An iconic 1950’s all electric home is being moved from the Johnson County Museum in Shawnee to the Arts and Heritage Center near 87th Street and Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park. (Emily Rittman/KCTV5) An iconic 1950’s all electric home is being moved from the Johnson County Museum in Shawnee to the Arts and Heritage Center near 87th Street and Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park. (Emily Rittman/KCTV5)
The long journey takes 10 to 12 hours. (Emily Rittman/KCTV5) The long journey takes 10 to 12 hours. (Emily Rittman/KCTV5)
One step inside it and it’s a trip back in time.  Kansas City Power and Light Company designed the all-electric house in 1953. (Emily Rittman/KCTV5) One step inside it and it’s a trip back in time. Kansas City Power and Light Company designed the all-electric house in 1953. (Emily Rittman/KCTV5)
JOHNSON COUNTY, KS (KCTV) -

Those driving in Johnson County Tuesday into Wednesday should be on the lookout because they may be sharing the road with a historic wide load that’s on the move.

An iconic 1950’s all electric home is being moved from the Johnson County Museum in Shawnee to the Arts and Heritage Center near 87th Street and Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park. The contract to move the home is $267,162.

The process of moving the 120,000 pound structure through is slow going. Crews had to raise power lines and shift stop signs to make room.

"Anything hanging in the street way as we pass through, so tree limbs, power lines," said Johnson County Museum Director Mindi Love.

The long 10 to 12 hour journey will take the house to a new location.

One step inside it and it’s a trip back in time.  Kansas City Power and Light Company designed the all-electric house in 1953.

“This house was called the ‘Lazy Man's Paradise’ when it was built. There were a lot of electrical features and gadgetry that was not typical at the time,” Love said.

One of the five families that lived in the home donated it to the Johnson County Museum. Since 1998, more than 60,000 visitors have toured it.

To continue that tradition, specialized crews are relocating the home that is 84 feet long, 32 feet wide and 25 feet tall. 

“It is quite a feat,” said First District Johnson County Commissioner Ron Shaffer.

The major move could impact people’s commute. Crews briefly closed streets as the house went south on Lackman Road, then eastbound onto Shawnee Mission Parkway toward Merriam, KS. It continued east, then took the southbound exit onto Metcalf Avenue in Mission. 

About 10 p.m. organizers said the transportation was about two hours ahead of schedule.

Finally it will be placed inside the former King Louie building where the old ice rink once sat. It was expected to arrive Wednesday between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m., but it's looking like it'll arrive at its new location earlier than planned.

"I think everyone will sigh a big sigh of relief that we made it in one piece and it’s in its new home," Love said.

The new indoor location for the house will keep it safe from the elements.

KCTV5 News This Morning will have a crew tracking the home’s final stop starting at 4:30 a.m.

You can also follow along on Twitter using the hashtag #JoCoHouseMove .

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