Amherst College home will travel through town Wednesday night

  • The Martha S. Hubbard House GOOGLE EARTH

Staff Writer
Published: 7/23/2021 10:35:06 AM

AMHERST — An Amherst College dwelling will be making a one-mile journey, over what could take as long as eight hours, from its site at 205 South Pleasant St. to a new location at 21 Baker St., beginning Wednesday night.

The move will start at 10 p.m. Wednesday and concluded around 6 a.m. Thursday, according to information supplied by Amherst communications manager Brianna Sunryd.

Built in 1862, the Martha S. Hubbard House, a single-family Greek Revival-style home, will be transported by Payne Building Movers of Center Strafford, New Hampshire north on South Pleasant Street, then west on Northampton Road, before ending up in the neighborhood off Snell Street.

The move, being paid for by Amherst developer Barry Roberts, will necessitate power outages to residences along the route, traffic detours and the temporary removal of the traffic signals at the intersection of Northampton Road and South Pleasant Street.

Eversource has provided written notice to all customers along the route and will renew alerts in the days leading up to the move.

All side streets, including South Prospect Street, Woodside Avenue, Kendrick Place, Lincoln Avenue, Orchard Street, Dana Street, Blue Hills Road and Hazel Avenue, will be blocked off with sawhorses during the move.

Vehicles traveling in the vicinity will be directed to use Amity Street as the alternate route, though Snell Street will be open for vehicles during a portion of the time.

The building is being sold by the college to accommodate development on a neighboring property, known as the Amherst College President Mother’s House. 

Moves of homes in Amherst, including ones owned by Amherst College, are uncommon, but have taken place over the years.

In April 2008, the college moved the Potvin House on Spring Street, to accommodate the expansion of the Inn on Boltwood, and the Tuttle House on South East Street, to building lots on Gray Street, where Roberts in November 2007 arranged for the Chapin-Ward House, built in 1904, to be moved there from Kendrick Park.

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