National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library Prepares Building for Historic Move

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Thought to be the largest museum building ever relocated in the U.S., The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML) prepares to remove its building from the current foundation and move it to a new location. In the first phase of this move, 200 foot steel beams are welded together, bricks are removed from the facade of the building and then beams are slid into the structure.

NCSML Clock Tower

"Live webcams on www.ncsml.org will allow viewing around the clock for the many people across the world interested in this project."

Nearly three years after disaster struck the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML), plans have been finalized for the historic relocation of the flood damaged building currently located at 30 Sixteenth Ave. SW. The building will be moved on April 26 and 27 to its new site and positioned next to the building foundation. Preparation work by Patterson Structural Moving of Washington, Iowa has started at the current location.

“The first phase of this move includes welding steel beams up to 200 feet, removing bricks from the façade of the building and then sliding beams into the structure,” said Gail Naughton, NCSML CEO/President. “Once the structure is secured and relocated, it will remain in place next to the foundation until May 17, when more activity occurs.”

Crews from Patterson Structural Moving will complete three additional phases over a week’s time.

  • Starting May 17, the building will be elevated to its final height, 11 ft. above where it sits today and three ft. above the level of the 2008 flood.
  • It will then be rolled on to the new foundation.
  • Finally on May 21, it is set down and secured in place.

“Live webcams on http://www.NCSML.org will allow viewing around the clock for the many people across the world interested in viewing all the activity," said Naughton. "We are excited that this exceptional moment in the museum’s history is finally coming to fruition. The expansion and renovation of this museum and library is a major milestone in flood recovery and an historic event for the city and the state of Iowa."

The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is the leading United States institution preserving and interpreting Czech and Slovak history and culture.

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