THE MURPHY-BROMELSICK HOUSE
We accepted the challenge of moving this house that was slated for demolition. It was, undoubtedly, the most difficult move we have done. The house precedes Quantrill's 1863 raid on Lawrence and was built of local limestone and very soft brick laid up in lime and sand mortar. It is an excellent of the architecture common to the city’s oldest residential and industrial district but was in bad need of repair. Simply put, the building wanted to implode upon itself as we lifted it. To address this we wrapped the building inside and out with a plywood formwork that was secured to a steel grid we assembled in place. We lined the forms with rigid insulation to cushion the materials during the move. It was a lot like moving a big, very heavy egg. The tonnage was considerable as the walls averaged 18” thick. We relocated the house to a park 300 yards away that was once the homestead of John Speer, famed newspaper publisher and abolitionist John Speer. Today the house is a museum presenting Lawrence's role in the build up to the Civil War.