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Preserving the Magnificent

Create a Legacy  !!

Victorian - Queen Anne - Romanesque 


A Magnificent 1886 Samuel Hannaford designed mansion.

  This 8,026 sqft mansion has 33 rooms, including 10 bedrooms,

7 bathrooms, several fireplaces, and many other features. 

$  2,450,000 ...  Delivered to your reconstruction site.


ResErections, Inc. specializes in documenting, marketing and disassembling architecturally unique 19th century stone mansions that can be reconstructed on sites where the investment results in the creation of new real estate wealth.  Buyers save an endangered  magnificent mansion from demolition - and create a marvelous new residence.


Recent developments in Laser Imaging and Measurement and AutoCad and BIM - (building information modeling) architectural software and RFID item tagging (radio frequency identification) has made the difficult task of disassembly, relocation, and accurate reconstruction of buildings practical.




Unique Terrecotta Gable




Drone Video of Romanesque II


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Samuel Hannaford                                                                                                                               


Samuel Hannaford (1835 - 1911) is one of the most admired architects of the late 19th century. His reputation has endured along with his buildings. His European influenced design is often referred to as Richardsonian Romanesque. Hannaford designed over 300 buildings in the Midwest region. His homes extend from New England to the Midwest and the South.

The 'Edgewood', is a large-scale mix of Victorian, Queen Anne and Romanesque styles.  Its three stories of random ashlar rock-faced sandstone with towers, gables and elaborate embellishments mark the owner as prominent and successful. It is distinguished by a large gable end, stone porch, and corner turret with conical slate cap and finial.  The front facade is marked by a projecting boxed gable end enclosing a dentilled cornice, elaborate stone embellishments around a man's head, and a group of five twenty-over-one windows with arched lintels. 


A.E. Burkhardt emigrated from Germany in 1855 at the age of 10, and built a thriving hatter and furrier business in Cincinnati, Ohio in the 1860's.   In addition to local fine leather goods sales,  he was a large dealer of raw skins, securing leather products from every State in the Union, British and South Americas, and exporting to Germany and England, serving over 3000 correspondents. 

He built the house in 1886.   A Cincinnati Enquirer article described the house -- "In all of Avondale there is no place more beautiful than 'Edgewood', the home of Mr. & Mrs. A.E. Burkhardt."  The house of stone is built on the edge of one of the most picturesque woods in the Ohio valley and has a far-away view from every window.  The interior is of royal magnificence, with rare paintings and statuary, bric-a-brac picked up during trips to Europe, and superb stained glass floral windows.


See more history at http://www.diggingcincinnati.com/2013/03/a-furriers-fine-family-home-edgewood.html


The house was sold at sheriff's sale in 1902, and has changed hands several times since.  It has been condemned since 2011.  It is a highly visible, beautiful building.  After closure as a nursing home it has been boarded up for 10 years.  Stripped of its wiring and plumbing, the interior is a wreck, but the old woodwork, mantles, and trim are still there.  Structurally, the building is sound, but its location and condition makes it uneconomical.   It would cost millions for quality reconstruction in its current location.


The University, Shriners, Children's, and VA hospitals are in sight a few blocks away.  While many would think it would make excellent medical professional offices, renovations and the required environmental and special sanitary control systems would cost several millions, resulting in an expensive building too small for the size of the land it occupies.  A better solution is to move the house and construct a large purpose-built multi-story hospital grade medical services facility.  Relocation and reconstruction on a desirable new site saves the Edgewood house.  The community gets an important area of real estate to put to a higher end use.


Why this house must be moved ... The neighborhood is rife with drug activity and violent gun crime. In 2008, there were 19,331 calls for police service, 1,703 crimes including 11 murders, 19 rapes, 237 robberies, 92 assaults, 440 burglaries, 776 larcenies, and 144 car thefts.


                 The chance of being a victim of a crime is 1 in 11.

                    The chance of being a victim of violent crime is 1 in 75

                    The chance of being a victim of property crime is 1 in 13

                    Violent crime index is 41% higher than city average and 218% state average.

                    Crime is up 16.1 percent from 2000.

                    Residents fear reprisal for reporting criminals.

                    Gunfire is so frequent that dogs stopped howling.


What you can't see in these photos is the little sign with the picture of the woman who was shot and killed waiting for a bus in the front.  The neighborhood is a long way from being safe.  Too reproachful a jewel to leave in a ruined landscape.


 “The problem is national in scope. In historic cities such as Philadelphia, it's particularly acute—prompting the Living Legacy Alternative Stewardship Project, sponsored by the William Penn Foundation and Pew. In 2000, Pew's Heritage Philadelphia Program discovered more than 300 historic house museums in the Philadelphia region alone. Fewer than 10 percent of those have endowments of any size, and more than 80 percent are facing preservation and maintenance costs of about $1 million each, while their operating budgets average only $100,000. If nothing changes within the next decade, the research suggests, dozens will be left with no caretakers, no money and no plans for rescue.”


The picturesque woods are gone.  The stained glass windows are gone. The far-away views are blocked by institutional neighborhood buildings.   Moving the house will not retain its lapsed listing on the National Register, but will reconstruct it with precision and modern engineering on a site that deserves the house. 






Gregory P. Luth, Ph.D., S.E., SECB ... GPLA Structural Engineers & Builders.  "Reserections saves 19th and early 20th century stone mansions using modern laser scanning and BIM technologies to facilitate deconstruction and reconstruction, moving these magnificent edifices out of now-decrepit surroundings to sites where their grandeur is an asset. 


ResErections utilizes creative destruction to save some of our doomed historical architectural heritage, fostering a rebirth of craftsmanship and mobilizing demand to create a new market.  If one were to design one of these houses from scratch, the wonderful stone would be unavailable or cost prohibitive.


With HD BIM process, combined with laser scanning, deconstruction and logistics, these structures can be rebuilt anywhere in the country, including in high seismic areas.  Technologies such as base isolation and fused shock absorbers make these virtually earthquake proof, able to survive multiple great earthquakes with minor structural damage. 


But that isn’t the best part.  Using modern gravity structures, we can replace the interior bearing wall and wood floors with long spans that would enable modern open floor plans inside the classic stone façade."





                                                       Built in 1886




The Stone work is in excellent shape.


Burkhardt Receipt


A.E. Burkhardt & Co. Furs and Raw Skins receipt c1870   This is a receipt sent to Peter L. McDaniel of Charlestown, Indiana from A.E. Burkhardt & Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio. It is for animal furs McDaniel sold to Burkhardt & Co. He sold 23 coons, 4 opossums, 6 skunks, and 1 house cat for a total of $12.75.




Main Fireplace                                                Oak Paneled Front Entrance



Cove Moldings



Stones are laid in an Ashlar pattern, meaning that reconstruction

must put each stone back in its original position.









3 inch thick solid wood doors










Amazing and beautiful house. Rampant foliage hides street view.

Google Street View



Ivy may digest the house.



The house today ... Endangered properties are overgrown and neighborhood trash dumps.


Drone Video of Romanesque II




ReLocating Mansions is Practical - The Kemper Castle Is ResErected !



The 1885 Kemper Castle has been ResErected in the hill country outside Austin.  It has two towers and a 50 mile view of the Blanco River valley.   Location confidential - house cannot be seen from the road.





The 1830 American Folk sandstone house was disassembled, moved 105 miles, and ResErected in Ohio.



ResErections, Inc. specializes in documenting, marketing and disassembling architecturally unique 19th century stone mansions that can be reconstructed on sites where the investment results in the creation of new real estate wealth.  Buyers save an endangered  magnificent mansion from demolition - and create a marvelous new residence.


Recent developments in Laser Imaging and Measurement and AutoCad and BIM - (building information modeling) architectural software and RFID item tagging (radio frequency identification) has made the difficult task of disassembly, relocation, and accurate reconstruction of buildings practical.


ResErections collaborates with local architects and tradesmen at both the source and destination of the buildings. We do not rebuild because we have no control over what the new owner and architect want to do. We build the supply chain between the seller and the buyer of reputable professional firms. We document the structure, supervise on-site work standards, and package and ship the recovered components. We recover everything that will not crumble when touched.


We document the house with laser, photography, and video with close supervision with the buyer's architect.  Every stone must be relocated in the same spot it came from.  Every pallet of sticks and stones is tagged with RFID chips.  Massive amounts of image data is stored on an internet database available from workstation to smartphone.  The buyer's architect and construction contractors do the reconstruction. Laser scan data accurate to 1/7 inch imports directly into leading architectural software which produces detailed drawings for the reconstruction of the house in the manner desired by the new owner. 


Purchaser is responsible for design and construction activities after delivery of the house components to destination. It is mandatory that the purchaser engage the services of professional local architect and construction firms to reconstruct the house.


There will be substantial work for the buyer's architects at both the current location and future site.  ResErections will collaborate on the disassembly methods, and integrate LIDAR, RFID, and other digital information into AutoCAD and BIM software systems.



Federal and State Governments offer 20% Tax Exemptions for substantial renovations to existing historic structures on their present sites.  Project must meet strict requirements and the building must be used in an income producing purpose for 5 years.   Owner occupied residential properties do not qualify.   In usual cases, the savings from the Tax Exemptions are outweighed by the cost of paying for professional assistance to meet the Government's requirements.   It is commendable that our government encourages and supports conservation of our architectural heritage by defraying the costs involved in doing the work with trade experts.   But there are many building situations where keeping the building in the wrong place is a waste of taxpayer money.



In America, preservation and restoration is a profitable - many billion dollar industry.  Maintenance of public  and historic structures is a high art, with many professional practitioners.  There is no shortage of work to do, and the majority of the work is paid for institutionally, by government, or other cultural organizations.   It is by no means a non-profit business.  Professional preservationists have an obligation to selectively and responsibly put limited talents and money where the best of heritage is preserved rather than telling others what their limited resources and public tax money should be spent on.  Revenue motivated advocates often whip up well meaning public hysteria and rely on legal obstructionism to preserve old structures under the guise of "non-profit" - but salary paying organizations.   Good solutions to reclaiming and using historic structures are criticized as not good enough, resulting in decay and loss, and worthy structures are demolished because enough money could not be found to do a better thing.   Moving endangered structures is a far better result than scavenging them for individual components and ultimate demolition.  


ResErections will not tie the buyer's reconstruction efforts to bureaucratic qualifications for government tax credits or require employment of certified historic craftsmen and archivists or seek protective covenants and finicky rehabilitation agreements insuring that the buildings will be protected from changes. We do not offer cultural resource management, historic preservation planning, historical research, litigation support and encouragement, and academic grantsmanship.  You Buy It ... We DisAssemble It ... You ReBuild It ... You Own It ... Turning American wealth into Americans at work preserving architectural art.


This does not mean that work done on this structure will not meet the highest architectural and engineering standards of disassembly and reconstruction.  We expect that the work product will be superlative.  It just won't be done with government - taxpayer - money ... although a lot of permits, filings, and millions in taxes will be paid to government by the owners and doers.


The original owners make a nice return on a problem property ... more than the house would sell for where-is as-is.  The doers, construction engineering firms at the source, and the buyer's construction firm at the destination will get lots of work with 30 man years of well paid American professional jobs, and the buyer will have a magnificently reconstructed residence on any site in the world worth twice what it cost to rebuild.  It won't cost  the pubic in tax dollars and demolition costs, it will generate large tax and fee public revenues, and provide the origin community with a highly desirable redevelopment opportunity.


ResErections, Inc. does not own any of these houses, having agreements with the current owners with the prospect of a good price sale that would relieve them of the burden of maintenance, taxes, and security of deteriorating property.   Deserted, boarded up houses are a huge drain on neighborhoods.  Their effect on crime, public safety, and public and community financing is negative.  Removing them and at the same time preserving the art of their design is good for the communities at both ends of the effort.   If a house, like these mansions, is worth the cost of saving and we can mobilize the resources to do the work, it is well worth doing.


Question:   What are the fundamental economics of ReLocating a mansion ?

Answer:  We are only interested in completely moving magnificent gilded age stone buildings. Buildings whose value will increase 10-20 times by relocation to beautiful sites in suitable vibrant communities.  The original building has to have been a mansion in the 19th century to be worth moving.  We disassemble and deliver a house for between $ 150 and $ 300 per sqft.  High end reconstruction with architects and top construction firms often build ultra houses between $ 1,000 and $ 1,500 per sqft. 


With a finished basement, this 8,000 sqft house will stretch to 12-14,000 sqft.  We recover 95% of the material to reconstruct the original building, so the expenditures on the reconstructed house are for interior, high end features, extra additions, and the site.  Working with the buyer's architect, every stone and stick in the structure is immediately available at the time it is needed due to the RFID technology.  Reconstruction should be very efficient and buyers could easily spend $ 600 and more per sqft and still be less expensive than the ultra modern McMansion.


We guarantee that the rebuilt mansion will stand with care for another 200 years.   ...   Or your money back !!


Question:  If I connect you with a buyer, will you pay a finder's fee ?


Answer: Yes, ResErections will pay non-owner individuals who connect us with a buyer a finders fee of $ 25,000 upon closing.  An additional $ 10,000 fee would be paid to non-owner individuals that identify additional endangered houses and provide local support services such as photography and current owner connections that we market on closing with a buyer.  You must contact us to establish your role as an initiator source.  A Confidentiality Agreement will be necessary. 

While you are there, take an opportunity to enjoy the video of the Romanesque I house.   Richardson Romanesque I is in a different class, in pristine shape internally, and is a much more complex disassembly, relocation, and reconstruction effort.  Presidents McKinley and Taft would have been quite comfortable here.  Everything specifically attached to the house is included .. stained glass, chandeliers, staircases, door and window frames, mantles, etc.   Other items of furnishings such as book cases, armoires, fine paintings, tiffany lamps, tables, pottery, grace this beautiful 8 minute video.  Look through this window into the Gilded Age of 1890.       Turn your sound on.


Romanesque I - An American Castle - Video

Video of museum quality 1890 interior (turn your sound on)




How ResErections got into this business ... 



Viewer Questions and Answers ...  < Link to many ...


Comment:   Hi ... i was thinking that the asking price for the property was too high, but after reading the listing twice and viewing your website i think this is amazing what you are doing and i am "HOOKED" after viewing your website. This is truly magnificent.   One needs a great site for these properties.  They need to be in beautiful settings ... a lake in a great area ... a hilltop with a view.    The asking price is spot on ... it takes a ton of work and one cannot build or buy such a great massive building for less  ... and a historic architectural beauty. 


Comment:    If one had to move the mansion and all is redone to its proper state what will the property sell for?


 Answer:    It depends on  Location ... Location ... Re-Location.   A lot more than it cost to move it.  I would be happy with a value twice the cost of moving, but would not be surprised at a value 4 times its cost in an awesome location.  It could be priceless.




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Here is a group of short videos showing our work on the Middletown Church, laser scanning, and disassembling massive stone buildings.        


Daily Work    Disassembly and documentation.

Quick Video of Church Disassembly

Make this place your Home    Project scope

Laser Image Fly Through   Laser Scan by 3D Engineering Solutions




There are several Gilded Age mansions for private sale and relocation.  Four Romanesque, two Queen Anne, a Georgian Revival, and an English Tudor.   Prices have not been pre-determined but will be in the area of $ 2-4 million.  Interested parties contact us for information.









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