Crews float 2nd half of Capen House across lake

Historic Winter Park home 1 step closer to its final destination

Published On: Dec 24 2013 08:49:25 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 19 2013 12:19:58 PM EST
WINTER PARK, Fla. -

Crews have floated the second part of a historic home in Winter Park across a lake to its new location on Thursday.

The Capen House on Interlachen Drive was moved Thursday from the plot of land its stood on since 1885 to a new home across Lake Osceola, at the Polasek Museum.

In order to make the rather big move, crews cut the home in half. The first half of the home was brought over to the museum earlier this month. Crews will now work to put the house on the plot and piece the second half of the house together with the first part.

The new owners of the land wanted to demolish Capen House, which was built by James Seymour Capen, one of the founding fathers of Winter Park.

After public outcry, the owners issued a Jan. 1 deadline.

The public raised the money and now, for $650,000, the house is being moved off the property, floated on a barge across a lake and settled at its new home.

The Capen house will be used as extra space for educational classes.

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