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A moving tribute to architect’s home

Waterfront home may float to new resting place

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One dollar. For a renowned architect's home. But there's a catch: It has to be moved! That's where Nickel Brothers comes in. Specializing in moving entire houses and other structures, the company has moved hundreds of homes since launching their business in 1956. Recently they were contacted by the owners of a mid-century modern waterfront home, designed by famed architect Paul Thiry. Thiry had a hand in designing several of the buildings for the Seattle World's Fair in 1962, and he was appointed as its primary planner and architect. From his work at the time, he seemed fascinated with large edifices of concrete and steel, and this home was no exception. The current owners of the house, who actually live next door, wanted to redevelop the property, so they hired Nickel Brothers to move the house and take it to a new location. And it's no small task. The estimated cost of the move is $240,000. The top floor of the massive home, built in 1962, juts dramatically over the wate...