It's a sometimes pain staking and tedious task, removing the savable pieces of a house built in 1905.
"This is a house that is not built any more. It's just amazing beadboard inside. The windows have that wonderful hand done little bubbles and stuff in them," said new home owner Kat Fitzpatrick, a Bay St. Louis Resident. "It's something worth saving when you start seeing the beautiful hand work that was put in the house, and the love, it will make a believer out of you."
Fitzpatrick is passionate about historic structures, and she is going through what some might call extreme measures to live in one.
When she found out this one had a date with a wrecking ball, she talked the owner, Shirlene Favre-Odham, into letting her save it.
Favre-Odham said, "I'm happy that it can be saved. I, actually, could not afford to restore it myself after I found out what the cost was going to be, so I agreed to give it to someone in addition to moving it off the property."
A preservation contractor along with volunteers from Lagniappe Presbyterian Church in Boston, Massachusetts, are taking the salvageable parts off of the house, numbering them and cataloging each piece.
Justin Frane with Universal Contractors said, "The wall sections are going to come apart piece by piece. We're going to try to deliver those to the new sight in sections. I guess you could say it's modular."
The Bostonian volunteers are elated to work on a project that will give the community back something Katrina almost took away.
"We get to see a part of redeeming Bay St. Louis," said Christina Kammer with Lagniappe Presbyterian Church.
The labor of love is expected to take about six months, to dismantle and reconstruct at its new home in the Bay.
A grant from the Mississippi Department Of Archives and History will fund the re-construction work once all of the pieces arrive in the Bay.
Department leaders say there was no way the entire house could have been moved at one time because of the number of trees and power-lines between Bay St. Louis and Waveland.
By Al Showers