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Johnson County Museum House Move

April 12–13 update: The All-Electric House is successfully relocated to the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center!

April 7 update: We are ready to roll!

April 6 update: House getting ready for its move

Crews have been hard at work getting the Johnson County Museum's 1950s All-Electric House ready for its move April 12-13.

In this picture you can see that landscaping has been removed, and the house has been lifted off its foundation and placed on beams.

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The photo below shows the self-propelled hydraulic lifts that will be placed under the house to transport it on its nine-mile trip from its current home in Shawnee to the Johnson County Museum's future home in the new Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, opening Spring 2017.

house move

March 30 news release: Johnson County Museum House to be moved slowly through four cities April 12;
Lackman Road, Shawnee Mission Parkway and Metcalf Avenue traffic will be affected

A 1950s all-electric house will take a slow ride through four Johnson County cities on April 12 requiring area streets to close intermittently at various times overnight from 7 p.m. to approximately 5 a.m.

The house is the first item of the Johnson County Museum’s collection to be relocated from Shawnee to the new Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center in the former King Louie building at 8788 Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park. The Johnson County Museum will close April 11 to 13 as a result of the move.

McCownGordon Construction is overseeing the move and logistics for Johnson County Government. Patton House and Building Movers, Inc. will move the house on steel beams and dollies on April 12 starting at 7 p.m. from the Johnson County Museum at 6305 Lackman Road.

The house will travel from the museum in Shawnee, south on Lackman over Shawnee Mission Parkway, exiting eastbound onto Shawnee Mission Parkway toward Merriam, then continuing east taking the southbound exit onto Metcalf Ave. in Mission, then on to its new destination inside the Arts and Heritage Center in Overland Park.

During the move, Lackman Road will be closed from 63rd to 67th Streets prior to the move until the house is eastbound on Shawnee Mission Parkway. The move will require intermittent closure of eastbound Shawnee Mission Parkway and complete closure at the Shawnee Mission Parkway and Metcalf Ave. intersection for a period of time. Both north and southbound lanes of Metcalf Avenue will be intermittently closed as the house progresses toward its final destination at 87th and Metcalf. A map of the move with approximate times is available online at www.jocogov.org/housemove. Traffic updates will be provided online and on Johnson County Government’s Facebook and Twitter sites.

Traffic will be diverted off affected streets to avoid delaying travel. The house is expected to be in Shawnee on Lackman Road and Shawnee Mission Parkway from 7 p.m. to roughly 10 p.m., then Merriam from approximately 10 p.m. to 12 a.m., in Mission at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Metcalf from roughly 12 a.m. to 1 a.m. and then traveling south on Metcalf Ave. to 8788 Metcalf from approximately 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. These times are rough estimates and could change.

The entire nine-mile trip is expected to take approximately 10 to 12 hours to complete, but depending on a number of factors, could be completed in less time or require additional time. For example, specific safety measures must be taken at each traffic light and on exit ramps, which may increase or reduce the estimated timeframe.

The house will be moving between three to five miles per hour.

The public may watch the move from a safe location, provided they do not block traffic. In general, motorists are encouraged to avoid the area to reduce the impact of the rolling road closures.  Law enforcement will be helping to redirect traffic from affected streets.

The house, built in 1953 by Kansas City Power & Light, has already moved once. It was donated to the museum by a Prairie Village couple and moved to Shawnee on Oct. 18, 1994.  The display of the home inside the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center will allow it to be better preserved as it will be protected from the weather, and it will continue to tell the story of a dream home in suburban Johnson County in the 1950s.

The Johnson County Museum was the first museum in the country to preserve and interpret a 1950s suburban home. It features innovative electrical systems for its time including a heat pump, central air and a remote-controlled central lighting system.

The Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center is slated to open in early 2017.