Crews prepare to move historic house

By Tiffany Blackmon - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) – Over a century ago, the historic John J. Khoury house made the move to Lake Charles from Goosport, LA.

On Wednesday morning, the home will be moved for a second time, but it won't be going far.

"This is what I knew as my dad's home when he was a child and there is an emotional attachment, but it's good to know it will be elsewhere and be safe and sound, and look nice again," said Ed Khoury, an heir to the John J. Khoury house.

Since 1908 the John J. Khoury house has stood on Lakeshore Drive, but in less than 24 hours Ed Khoury's grandparent's home will have a new foundation in the Historic District on Pujo Street, a decision that was made by him and 14 other heirs.

Khoury stated, "This is now commercial property and we feared that what was going to happen was the home would be torn down."

It wasn't until they were approached by Randy LeJeune with Rhino Rhenovators, that they realized they could preserve the home in a different location.

LeJeune stated, "It's got 150 year old oaks on it, it's a beautiful lot and the house is going to look magnificent sitting there."

To make the move the house had to be divided into different sections. The roof was removed first, then the entire second story. The house was later cut in half on Monday evening.

Earlier Tuesday, crews staged all the jacks to lift the house four feet in the air.

"We have a big trailer with some long high beams on it and we're going to back the trailer underneath and set it down on that so we can move it to its new resting place," said Khoury.

Once the house is in the Historic District, LeJuene plans to restore it as close to the original as he can.

"It's just part of the preservation of history for [the] future, whether it be [for] my child, grandchild, the people in Lake Charles," said Khoury.

Rhino Rhenovators plans to move the house at 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

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