137-year old home uproots, splits and moves in downtown

The moving will continue tomorrow

The Morris Marks house moved through Portland Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — People had to stop, stare and pull out their phones to capture a spectacle in downtown Portland on Saturday. It’s not every day a 137-year old Italianate home gets uprooted, split in half and hops on wheels so it can be transported.

“If you can’t tell,” Karen Karlsson said, looking at the two moving parts of the Morris Marks home, “we’re moving a house.”

Karlsson is one of the owners of the famous Morris Marks house. She said the moving project cost about $440,000.

The house will continue its trek through Portland on Sunday before making it to its new location at SW Broadway and Grant. Karlsson said the plan is to turn the home into office space and possibly housing.

“I’m happy, grateful to be a part of it,” Karlsson said, “but there’s a lot of people who work on it. It’s a beautiful house.”