D & B House Movers turn onto St. Clair St. from Jefferson. (Todd McInturf / The Detroit News)
Grosse Pointe — It’s one thing to move in to a new house; it’s an entirely different story when the house itself does the moving.
After 144 years at the same location, the historic Cadieux Farm House was moved Wednesday about two blocks from its current location at Jefferson and Notre Dame to a new location near the city’s shopping section on Kercheval.
Built in the 1850s, the house is considered one of the last examples of French frame homes dating from the era when Grosse Pointe was a settlement of ribbon farms and not a community of mansions.
The home — which was built by Isidore Cadieux — was moved to its longstanding location in about 1870 after being transported by barge from Detroit to Grosse Pointe. The 800-square-foot house, which has been fully upgraded to modern standards, contains its original leaded glass windows, wood floors and handmade stairway.
Over the years, it had a series of owners before it was purchased by Beaumont Hospital in 2011.
Since then, the hospital has been looking for someone to take the historic home off its hands so it can construct a new parking lot for employees.
Acknowledging the significance of the home, the hospital even offered to give it away free and said it would cover up to $150,000 in moving costs.
The hospital received scores of inquiries and whittled the applications to about a dozen before finally settling on the new owner, a 51-year-old psychologist intent on moving back to Michigan.