NOT an everyday sight: Mandeville-area house loaded onto barge for move via Lake Pontchartrain

It’s not every day you see a 200,000-pound house loaded onto rollers and moved. And it’s really not every day that move takes place on the water.

So residents of the quiet Lewisburg neighborhood near Mandeville anxiously watched Friday morning as movers began loading a huge house from the rollers onto a barge in Lake Pontchartrain. The house is to be moved from the end of Holly Street to another Lewisburg lot on Magnolia Street. About 1,000 feet of that move is to take place on the lake.

“We started about a week ago,” said Warren Davie, of Davie Shoring, the company moving the house. “It’s a 1960s lake house. Ten-foot ceilings, heart pine flooring.”

Davie estimated it weighs around 200,000 pounds.

“You can’t really move it by road,” he said. “By water is the only way.”

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