Video Vault: Fuller House moved by barge on Lake Erie in 1984

BAY VILLAGE, Ohio - It was the ultimate house boat.

The Irene Fuller House, a fixture in Bay Village since the late 1890s, needed to be saved from the wrecker's ball but when to put it was the problem.

Concerned residents raised funds to save the house and relocate. The move of the 90 year-old mansion was too complex to do over land, what with trees and wires along the route. Since the house was near the Lake Erie shore anyway, the solution was to move the house by barge.

I've posted in our video player WEWS reporter Alan DePetro's story from Aug. 1984 chronicling the delicate move of the home down to the lake and on to the barge.

The house creeps along toward the lake perilously close to the edge of the road. Applause greets workers when they get the hulking mansion aboard the barge.

DePetro interviews John Fuller, 71 years old at the time, who grew up in the house. Fuller, while videotaping the relocation, tells DePetro of playing in the house and of first spying the young girl who would later become his wife.

The Fuller House was, for a time, part of the Bay Hospital.

With the move completed on to the barge, the home sets sail 3 miles west toward Huntington Park.

It is quite a sight to see the massive home floating on Lake Erie.

I've added some video of the home again on shore, this time coming up the hill by the Bay Boat Club just east of Huntington Park.

NewsChannel5 anchor Chris Flanagan took a tour of the home in its Metroparks locale for the anniversary of the Marilyn Sheppard murder. Dr. Sam was arrested on the porch of the Fuller House. His parents owned the home at the time of his 1954. Click here to see his story.

The home today is used as a gallery and art studio by BAYarts.

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