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    In Moscow, an historical house is being moved in its entirety to a more convenient site, thirty-three metres down the road.

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    GV Historical house at No. 18 Gorki Street, Moscow (5 shots)

    GV & SV Workers examining bed of rollers and girders on which house will be moved (5 shots)

    Housing construction in Moscow follows a masterplan often drawn up decades in advance. This plan contains provisions for the preservation of historic built-up areas, architectural landmarks and buildings of historical and other interest. A hundred and forty architectural landmarks are being restored in Moscow at present, including Number Eighteen, Gorki Street. There, the removal of the building is under the supervision of Mr. Andrei Linevsky -- who has carried out fourteen similar operations.

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    Background: In Moscow, an historical house is being moved in its entirety to a more convenient site, thirty-three metres down the road. The house was built early in the nineteenth century and, as the home of a noted publisher, was visited by many famous Soviet writers, journalists and artists. In the nineteen twenties, the Communist daily newspaper, Pravda, had its headquarters in the building. But, in terms of a new masterplan introduced by Moscow's city fathers, the street where the house stands has to be widened. So there was no choice -- the house had to move.

    SYNOPSIS: The house stands at Number Eighteen Gorki Street. Here, many books -- that now form part of the Russian literary heritage -- were published. Today, the historic building is the home of "Trud" -- the Soviet trade union newspaper. The house weighs ten thousand tons. Clearly moving an edifice this size is no easy task.

    Steel girders were inserted beneath the walls and floors to take the building's weight. The girders in turn were placed on four hundred rollers, and the entire structure is moved forward slowly by four hydraulic jacks. The three-day process was expected to have been completed on Friday (13 April).

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