Group set to move Mason City ‘international’ home

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A nonprofit group is pledging to move a unique flood-damaged home in Mason City that had been threatened with demolition.

The Globe Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1b8futu ) members of the group Community Benefit-Mason City committed to moving the house, which was severely damaged in the 2008 flood.

Project coordinator Kirk Johnson says the move will probably occur next spring, and it won’t be cheap. Johnson declined to estimate the moving cost, but others at a Tuesday gathering say it will be in the six figures.

The house, built in 1938, is an example of the international style, which featured an unornamented look with flat roofs and smooth walls.

The house was sold to the city as part of a flood buyout program, though officials have long hoped the structure could be saved.

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Information from: Globe Gazette, http://www.globegazette.com/

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