Transportation of Indiana Bell Building

Transportation of Indiana Bell Building

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The headquarters of Indiana Bell, a telephone company, was located in an 8-story building that was built in 1907 and weighed 11,000 tons.
Deciding in 1929 that a larger building was needed, the company realized that they could not simply demolish this building, which provided an irreplaceable and important service to the city.

However, the location of the building at that time was in an unfavorable area compared to the area where the larger structure was desired.
As a result, they decided to move the old building to the back of the plot to make room for the new building!

Constructed of brick and steel, this massive structure was rotated 16 meters in four weeks, turned 90 degrees south and then 30 degrees west again.
This building-transport initiative, which will go down in history, was started in October 1930.
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A movable wooden sidewalk was used to allow both employees and customers to enter and exit the building during this transportation process.
The work and service in the company building has not been interrupted even once during this relocation process.
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Telephone building relocated while people were still working Inside the whole time: Indiana Bell.
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This moving process was done with such care and precision that the employees in the building continued their business life throughout this process!
Infrastructure cables and pipes, such as more than a thousand telephone cables, gas pipes, electrical cables, sewer and water pipes, that came to the company building, had to be constantly stretched to keep them working.
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