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Glen Ellyn couple saves coach house from wrecking ball

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  • Greg Morey surveys the roofline after moving a coach house from next door to his family's Glen Ellyn property.

       Greg Morey surveys the roofline after moving a coach house from next door to his family's Glen Ellyn property.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Crews moved a coach house from a neighboring lot to the home of Greg and Tammy Morey on Carleton Avenue in Glen Ellyn. The coach house had been scheduled for demolition.

       Crews moved a coach house from a neighboring lot to the home of Greg and Tammy Morey on Carleton Avenue in Glen Ellyn. The coach house had been scheduled for demolition.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Greg Morey talks about moving a coach house from next door to his Glen Ellyn property.

       Greg Morey talks about moving a coach house from next door to his Glen Ellyn property.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Greg and Tammy Morey moved a coach house from next door to their Glen Ellyn property. The 45,000-pound house was lifted onto its new foundation on two I-beams.

       Greg and Tammy Morey moved a coach house from next door to their Glen Ellyn property. The 45,000-pound house was lifted onto its new foundation on two I-beams.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Greg and Tammy Morey moved a coach house from next door to the back of their Glen Ellyn home.

       Greg and Tammy Morey moved a coach house from next door to the back of their Glen Ellyn home.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Video: Moving a coach house

 
 

A coach house that was headed for the wrecking ball got a new life this week when a Glen Ellyn couple moved the 45,000-pound structure from an adjacent property to their home on Carleton Avenue.

Greg and Tammy Morey moved to Glen Ellyn last year with their children and bought a 2,300-square-foot Dutch Colonial home.

The previous owners had maintained the main house and the coach home -- a Sears Catalog house -- on an adjacent property about 30 feet to the north.

A developer was planning to tear down the coach home and the Moreys asked if they could try to save it.

"I talked to the builder and he gave me permission to move the structure to my property," Greg Morey said Tuesday. "We are thrilled we can actually own a piece of Glen Ellyn history."

Crews were on the scene Tuesday to lift the coach house off its foundation and move it to Morey's property where the family hopes to integrate the building into its home.

"It was at least the second time the coach house has been moved," Morey said. "Years ago, previous owners lifted it off its slab and placed it atop what was then a newly constructed basement foundation."

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