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Historic Houses of Charleston

306 20th Street


This house at 306 20th Street in Kanawha City was one of 12 East End homes that were moved across the Kanawha River in 1923. The houses had been purchased by the state to make room for the new West Virginia capitol, but before the homes were torn down, they were purchased by a realty company and moved to a new subdivision across the river. To accomplish the move, each house was raised on jacks, lowered onto timbers resting on rollers attached to steel tracks, and then moved to barges by a horse-powered windlass. Once the house arrived on the opposite shore, the process was reversed. Three of the houses still stand on 20th Street, including this one.

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