All-electric house goes mobile in Johnson County

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JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. -- Drivers likely did a double take along parts of Shawnee Mission Parkway on Tuesday.

Amid the cars, a once trendsetting house was also on the move. It’s a 1950’s all-electric concept house belonging to the Johnson County Museum. The house will move to 89th and Metcalf as well as the museum.

The property used to house the King Louie bowling alley. At almost 32 feet wide, and 24 feet tall, the house was hard for drivers to miss. The move took four to six months to plan and involved several groups.

“There’s a lot of effort with the police so that we’re safe, utility companies and various lines for fiber and that sort of thing,” said museum director Mindy Love.

She says the main goal is to get house to its new location without disrupting the unique, and historical story featured inside.

“It will be integrated into our complete narrative and our complete story about Johnson County’s history and development,” said Love.

“There are a lot of fun gadgets and technological innovations that were highlighted in this house,“ Love continued.

She says the concept home will be inside the museum this time, but it will be a separate experience which is timed and ticketed differently.

Love says the 1950’s dream home was created in a post-Great Depression area, when the dream of home ownership was a new concept.

During its nine-mile journey, the house will only go three-to-five miles an hour with the house expected to reach it’s destination in 10 to 12 hours. Trevor Patton, with Patton House and Building Movers, will be a truck in front of the one pulling the house to guide it.

“Primarily we’ll be looking for overhead obstructions such as street signals utility lines, power lines, light poles,” said Patton.

While the route may have caused some traffic hiccups, Patton says a lot of thought went into picking it.

“With this particular project there’s only one way. That’s south on Lackman, east on Shawnee Mission Parkway all the way to Metcalf, and south to King Louie,” said Patton.

This is the second time the home has been moved. In 1994, when it first moved to the museum it had to be cut in half. The home is expected to reach its destination in the early morning hours of Wednesday. Estimates show it getting there between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m.