Sunday, June 8, 2008
Grange moved to new setting
With surpassing dignity and surprising agility — for a 206-year-old — Alexander Hamilton’s country home, the Grange, lumbered down the West 141st Street hillside on Saturday morning to its new setting in St. Nicholas Park.
Witnessing a House, and History, on the Move
Under the eyes of neighbors from Harlem and Hamilton Heights, a moving crew composed mainly of German Baptist Brethren from Pennsylvania, often mistaken for Amish in their plain dress, guided the two-story, 298-ton house on a 3 hour 40 minute trip from its former site on Convent Avenue.
It turns out that the Grange, whose architect also worked on City Hall, is capable of doing about 0.04 miles per hour. (It is unclear how quickly City Hall can move.)
In its new setting, the house will be restored by the National Park Service and reopened to the public next year. The project’s cost is $8.4 million.