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Liberty Bar

When buildings move

I've never been a big fan of Santiago Calatrava. His dynamic projects are sometimes beautiful, but most of the time they are egregiously expensive and now they are all starting to look alike. And although it's cool to see parts of buildings move, here in San Antonio we move entire buildings. I happened to see one this morning on my way into work. 

Although I will always think of it as the old tilting Liberty Bar (even though that particular establishment moved out in 2010), the 1891 Boehler House is currently undergoing an extensive restoration that includes replacing its foundation. How do you replace the foundation of a 120-year-old building? Apparently you put it on rails, move it to an adjacent parking lot and then move it back.

We've been doing this sort of thing here for a long time. Eat your heart out, Calatrava.