Moving a 10,000 Ton Building in 1920s Los Angeles

I’ve always been fascinated by the number of companies that moved buildings in the early decades of the 20th century.  In Los Angeles at that time, street widening projects and new construction often necessitated the relocation of existing buildings.  In this case, moving—and turning—a five-story industrial building 70 feet was an amazing accomplishment in any decade.  This and other unusual historical facts appear in my upcoming book “Greetings from Los Angeles” to be published in August.

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About Peter Moruzzi

Author and historian Peter Moruzzi is passionate about the middle decades of the 20th century: its nightlife, classic dining, and architecture. Born in Concord, Massachusetts and raised in Hawaii, Moruzzi graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and later attended the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. In 1999, he founded the Palm Springs Modern Committee (PS ModCom) an architectural preservation group. He is the author of "Havana Before Castro: When Cuba Was a Tropical Playground," "Palm Springs Holiday: A Vintage Tour From Palm Springs to the Salton Sea," "Classic Dining:Discovering America's Finest Mid-Century Restaurants," "Palm Springs Paradise: Vintage Photographs from America's Desert Playground," and "Greetings from Los Angeles." His latest pictorial history, "Greetings from Las Vegas" will be available in September, 2019.
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6 Responses to Moving a 10,000 Ton Building in 1920s Los Angeles

  1. Lynn J. Willers says:

    Hello Peter,
    Was this Kress House Moving Co. advertisement from an online/public domain source, or do you own the copyright to the photograph?
    Thanks, Lynn


  2. aparker20 says:

    George R. Kress was my great grandfather, it’s really cool finding articles about him. Thank you for posting


  3. Dave Handel says:

    Hey Pete, Love your post hope all is good! Best Dave. >


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