Onlookers along Jefferson Street in downtown Peoria were treated to a small parade, of sorts.
What was originally a building to provide housing during the Depression was moved Thursday morning from the Komatsu plant at 2300 SW Adams Street to the 2600 block of SW Washington Street. The building will eventually find a home at the Wheels O’Time Museum in Dunlap.
“The house will be sand blasted on the interior and exterior before given some prime paint,” Chairperson of the Planning Committee of the Steele House Revival Project Mark Johnson.
Several groups, including the Peoria Historical Society and the Central Illinois Landmarks Foundation, announced in January half the funds had been raised to move and restore the building. Once the building is restored it will open as a permanent exhibit.
“When you are looking for a Letourneau carefree home by the location of its windows,” Johnson said. “So this year it is 79 years old.”
The building was still on Komatsu property from the time it was LeTourneau manufacturing plant. Komatsu had used the building as office space until the 1980s.
The Peoria Historical Society says there are LeTourneau Houses currently in use in Peoria Heights.