Famous New Hope building moved to make way for luxury hotel

The 400,000-pound stone structure cruised a quarter-mile down the road at 1 mph.

Paul Kurtz
October 24, 2018 - 3:02 pm

Paul Kurtz | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — History was on the move in New Hope, Bucks County, Wednesday as a famous building dating back to the late 1700s was relocated to make way for a luxury hotel. 

The famous Chez Odette restaurant on River Road was moved a quarter mile down the road to a new location. Officials say it will be renovated and serve as a welcome or education center for tourists. 

Karen Baldini and a couple of friends rode in from Newtown on bikes to watch their treasured landmark's journey to a new beginning.

“I can remember coming to Odette’s many years ago and so I’m just excited the building so going to be preserved in a new spot where it won’t get flooded anymore," she said

The 400,000-pound stone building was perched on a platform of yellow girder and moved along at one mile per hour by 90 wheels. Joe Duffy heads the company that is building a luxury hotel at Odette’s old site.

“Six of those tires are mechanical, they have their own driving force, the motor’s is right in the set of tires and remote controlled," he said.

The estimated $1.25 million price tag for the move was picked up by Duffy’s firm.

The luxury 36-room hotel, to be called Riverhouse at Odette's, could open as early as spring 2020.