Moving the historic flat top house from the American Museum of Science and Energy to the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge had been scheduled for today (Tuesday, October 2), but the move has been postponed because of delays in site preparation due to recent heavy rains, a press release said.
The move will be rescheduled for later this month, according to Beth Shea, executive director of the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge. Residents along West Outer Drive from the Museum to Illinois Avenue will be notified of the move date and asked to move cars from the street on the day of the move, the press release said.
The Children’s Museum offered to give the flat top a new home when AMSE, now closed temporarily as the museum moves to Main Street Oak Ridge, announced its move. Its new location doesn’t have space to keep the flat top as an exhibit. The Children’s Museum does have room on its property southeast of the museum building at 461 West Outer Drive, the press release said.
One of thousands of prefabricated houses built to house workers and their families during World War II in Oak Ridge, this flat top is a small two-bedroom home with a combination living-dining room and one bath, just 576 square feet.
The AMSE Foundation presented the deed to the flat top as a gift to the Children’s Museum, ensuring that the small, prefabricated flat top would continue to be an exhibit focusing on early Oak Ridge history, the press release said.
See this earlier story for more information.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
This press release was submitted by Kay Brookshire.
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