Gingerbread House measured for the move

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NORWAY — The Gingerbread House move has been delayed until June 2 due to weather conditions.

The date is only tentative and will be dependent on the weather conditions at the time, Pat Shearman of the Gingerbread House Task Force said.

Workers from Central Maine Power Co. were at the site Monday measuring the height of the building in anticipation of the move. Mark Shaw was lifted in a bucket to the top of the building and dropped a tape measure to Rob Gay on the ground. The height, from the top of the cupola to the ground, was 42 feet, 8 inches.

The length and width of the house was measured by James G. Merry Building Movers in Scarborough as being 88 feet long by 17 feet wide in the rear and 29 feet wide in the front, which includes a tower.

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Shaw and Gay said that once the move takes place they will be removing only two services on the short trek up Main Street Pikes Hill Road to near Butters Park. The lines running on the north side of the street do not have to be taken down, they said, but telephone and cable services may remove some of their wires.

Steve Merry of James G. Merry Building Movers in Scarborough said Monday that they are ready to move the building once they get the go-ahead. The move is expected to take about two hours and start in the morning.

Volunteers from the Norway Landmarks Preservation Society, the nonprofit organization doing business as Friends of the Gingerbread House, have worked for the past several years to acquire the building and move it to a new lot.

The 1851 building was the Evans-Cummings House and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is more commonly known as the Gingerbread House for its elaborate trim, added in a late 19th century renovation.

ldixon@sunjournal.com

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