BARNUM – Brian and Katie Norine’s new home was delivered Wednesday morning – right up to what will be its front doorstep.
With interior walls stripped of plaster and lath, stained glass windows removed, and basement left behind, the former Calvary Presbyterian Church, that was located at 1301 220th St., is home now at 2263 Baxter Ave.
It traveled three-quarters of a mile Wednesday to a site that’s part of Katie Norine’s parent’s Century Farm.
Between the farm, the church and the movers, there’s a lot of shared history.
“It was my great-grandfather’s farm,” Katie Norine’s mother, Linda Martin, said. “My mom grew up there and my grandfather built the barn.”
The barn is still there because the family has made an effort to preserve it.
Kim Martin, Katie Norine’s father, is happy to see the site occupied.
“I always wanted somebody there,” he said.
Vote House Movers, of Bradgate, brought the former church home. The whole family watched its progress.
“I’ve been nervous the whole time it’s been up on wheels,” Kim Martin said.
He’s no stranger to watching the company move a home; it once moved his grandmother’s house.
“We put a thimble on the window ledge before they moved it,” he said. “When they set the house, it was still there.”
Early Wednesday morning, the family gathered for a photo before the moving crew began rolling it down the road.
“We want to get a Christmas card photo,” Kim Martin said.
Before it began to move, Katie Norine appeared nervous as she prepared to see her future home wheeled down the road.
She was also freezing,
“I wish it was warmer,” she said.
Once on-site, the work will continue.
Before the move, Brian Norine found a few “occupants” in the old building’s walls.
“There were a few snakes and mice,” he said. “Not very many dead ones either.”
The belfry was surprisingly free of bats, he said. He only found one.
Also found, while he was preparing for the move, was a book printed by the church’s congregation to commemorate the last regular service there: April 18, 2010. It includes a history of the congregation.
The first church on the site was dedicated on July 24, 1898, according to the history book. That building burned to the ground after being struck by lightning on Aug. 29, 1936. It’s replacement – the new Norine home – was dedicated on June 26, 1938.
Brian Norine expects that it will take several years to complete all the work on the family’s “new” home. They will finish the basement first, then work their way up.
But the worst is over, albeit with one minor worry left.
“I hope it fits,” Brian Norine said as the truck towing the old church building stopped next to its new foundation.
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