Urban Decay, Urban Renewal, and the Move to Main Street

Dester House 1985

The Dester house as it appeared in 1985

By the late 1970s, the neighborhood and the house were deteriorating.  In 1979, the house was sold to the city of Wichita's Urban Renewal program.

Moving the Dester House

Lifting the Dester house off of its foundation, in preparation for the move.

In 1985, MHGS needed a new home.  We purchased the Dester house from the city for $1 plus the promise to move the house and clean up the lot.  We also purchase the lot at 1203 N Main from the city for $1.

 Once the basement and footings were ready at the new lot, it was time to move the house.

Moving the Dester House

Making the turn onto Main Street

The move took place on a Sunday morning in November 1985.  The utility lines were temporarily moved, and the house rode north on Main Street (which is normally a one-way street going south.)

Dester House 1989

The Dester House in 1989

After considerable rennovation, done primarily by MHGS volunteers, the Dester House was turned into the permanent home of the MHGS library.

Urban Decay, Urban Renewal, and the Move to Main Street