This 1898 Victorian house is one of more than 40 that Ron Hall has moved in Colorado Springs since 1992.

If you want your household goods moved, you have plenty of options.
For starters, just go to the Yellow Pages and pick one of the hundreds of companies and individuals who advertise there.
But if you want your house moved, there’s only one choice in the Pikes Peak region: Ron Hall.
“I’m really a developer, but I’ve been moving houses for almost 30 years,” he said. “I just got into doing it, and now I guess you could call it my hobby.”
Some hobby.
At 2 a.m. last Wednesday, Hall was supervising dozens of workers as he prepared to move an 1898 house from the corner of 21st Street and Colorado Avenue. Hall’s crew had jacked the structure carefully off its foundation and placed it on a specially constructed trailer. Massive steel I-beams supported the house, which would travel nearly a mile that night to a lot on Calvert Street.
As the move began, workers from the city, Qwest, Colorado Springs Utilities and Hall’s company began an intricately choreographed routine that would allow the house to proceed down 21st Street, across Highway 24 to Broadway, and west to Calvert.
Half a dozen service vehicles equipped with cherry pickers preceded the house, lifting streetlights and phone and electric lines. Two police cars, lights flashing, kept traffic and curious onlookers away as the house crept slowly down the street.
Apparently unaffected by the amputation of his right foot three weeks earlier, Hall used a motorized wheelchair as a mobile command post.
“You’ve got to be careful,” he said, “You just have to plan everything, and make sure everyone knows what they’re doing. You don’t want any drama, that’s for sure.”
Despite the hour, neighborhood residents gathered along Colorado Avenue and turned the event into an impromptu block party.
“Just about everyone I know has lived in that house at one time or another,” said Eric Meerapol. “Craig Beverly has owned it for 10 years, and before that his in-laws owned it for 40 years. But it’s noisy to live in, so close to the street, and all the Harleys coming by on Colorado, or down 21st.”
Beverly said moving the house just made sense.
“It’s a great little house, with hardwood floors and nice woodwork,” he said. “I’m putting it on a new foundation, with a basement, on a nice quiet lot. I’ll build something more appropriate here — maybe commercial, with a loft above.”
The house was the third that Hall has moved to or from 21st Street during the last year.
“We moved those two houses for the city from Boulder Crescent to 21st and Platte,” he said. “They turned out real nice, I think.”
The move went just as Hall had planned.
Before sunrise, the house was parked at its new location, ready to be placed on a new foundation. After 110 years on a tiny lot, the house seemed ready for another century and a new family — complete with a full basement and a spacious detached garage.
Hall estimates that he’s moved more than 100 houses, beginning in Wichita during 1983.
“Since I moved here in 1992, I’ve probably moved 40 or 50 houses,” he said. “I moved a lot of ’em when I-25 was widened a few years back. In the last year I’ve moved — I think — seven houses.”
Typically, the cost ranges between $15,000 and $30,000, “depending on how far I have to go, and what problems I’ll have,” Hall said. “The owner also has to pay line fees to the city and Qwest, to get utility lines raised or sometimes cut — and that’s about $5,000.”
House moving has a long history in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region.
The stately Victorian mansion at 615 N. Corona which originally belonged to Ruth and “Pink” Lewis, who owned the Banning-Lewis Ranch, was moved to its present location from the corner of Nevada and Cache la Poudre during the 1940s, and was owned for many years by Fannie Mae Duncan, the famed proprietress of the Cotton Club.
And as once-quiet neighborhoods were overtaken by commercial uses, owners often chose to move residential structures rather than tear them down. Houses that ringed Penrose Hospital can be found on Cache la Poudre, Beacon and on Boulder, where the city department of Housing and Community Services occupies two houses moved from Nevada Avenue during the 1980s.
Currently, there is a plan being floated to move the city’s historic Fire Station No. 1 from its present site, but Hall’s not interested in the job.
“I couldn’t do it,” he said. “I just wouldn’t know how. It would be expensive, maybe prohibitively expensive. And the risk — if there’s a structural flaw of some kind, a building like that could just collapse during the move. At worst, people could get hurt, and at best you’d block the street for days — and you’d still have to pay. It’d be a challenge, that’s for sure.”
John.Hazlehurst@csbj.com