The Floating Fuller House

The Irene Lawrence Fuller house was once located on the site next to the Washington Lawrence Mansion (now Cashelmara Condominiums). The house was moved from its original location on the shores of Lake Erie on August 29, 1984 to make room for condo expansion. To help accomplish this, the home was loaded on a barge and floated down the lake for 2.5 miles. It now rests at the BAYarts complex in Huntington Park and serves as a site for exhibitions, events and community gatherings. It was last remodeled in 2010.

The following photos chronicle the move of this still very much used and vibrant old home which celebrates over 130 years in Bay Village. Enjoy!

The Irene Lawrence Fuller home in its original location, 2021.P.FIC.102

The Fuller House days before the big move August 27, 1984, 2021.P.18A

A crowd gathers to watch the move on August 29, 1984, 2021.P.FIC.216F

Loading Fuller House onto the barge, 2021.P.FIC.216W

Fuller House sails Lake Erie, 2021.P.FIC.216Z

Fuller House is placed at its new home at BAYarts on September 5, 1984, 2021.P.18G


Want to learn more about this important home in Bay Village history and how this 120-ton house was transported to its current location? Join us at Rose Hill Museum on Sunday, July 9, 2023 at 2:15pm for a Porch Talk program about the Fuller House with developer Robert Corna. Guests are asked to bring their own lawn chairs.

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