ATLANTA-- For the first time in 80 years, the historic Randolph-Lucas House is not on Peachtree Street. And for the first time since anyone watching could remember, a mansion was seen overnight rolling through the middle of midtown.
"We don't have many historic preservation wins in Atlanta," said Buckhead Heritage Society President Wright Mitchell.
"So any night we can save a historic home is a good one around here."
Once slated for demolition, the mansion is said to have been built for Thomas Jefferson's grandson, and designed by the man who designed the Fox Theatre.
Its two new owners agreed to take the home in exchange for funding the move 2.6 miles down Peachtree street to Ansley Park.
It took 11 months of permitting and planning, and finally started after midnight Saturday morning.
There were rolling street closures through the night, and power lines and traffic lights had to be moved. The cost was estimated at over $350,000.
That doesn't include the months it will take to rebuild the house once it is rolled onto its new foundation.
"It's been a surreal journey," said co-owner Christopher Jones. "Think about it-Peachtree has been closed for the Randolph-Lucas house, to go from one end of the street to another, all for a project that really seemed so impossible to so many."