The flat top house move from the American Museum of Science and Energy to the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, October 16. The move was delayed earlier this month due to heavy rains.
The move is expected to begin at AMSE about 9:45 a.m. and continue along Illinois Avenue about 10 a.m. Tuesday. Residents along West Outer Drive from Illinois Avenue to the Children’s Museum at 461 West Outer Drive have been notified of the move date and are asked to move cars from the street on Tuesday, a press release said.
The Children’s Museum offered to give the flat top a new home when AMSE, which is re-opening in its new location in Main Street Oak Ridge, announced its move. AMSE’s new location doesn’t have space to keep the flat top as an exhibit, the press release said. The Children’s Museum does have room on its property southeast of the museum building.
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 small, prefabricated flat top would continue to be an exhibit focusing on early Oak Ridge history, the press release said.
See previous story with more information on the flat top here.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
This press release was submitted by Kay Brookshire.
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