All-Electric House rolling out of Shawnee on Tuesday
The Johnson County Museum’s 1950s All-Electric House will officially move to its new home Tuesday, and the public is welcome to watch.
The popular exhibit, which replicates a 1950s-style home, will take a slow ride atop a tractor-trailer bed between the hours of 7 p.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. Wednesday through the Johnson County cities of Shawnee, where it currently residents, Merriam, Mission and Overland Park. The ride will end at the exhibit’s new home: the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center in the former King Louie building at 8788 Metcalf Ave. in Overland Park.
The Johnson County Museum will close April 11 through 13 as a result of the move.
The All-Electric House is the first of the museum’s collection to be relocated from Shawnee to the new Arts and Heritage Center, slated to open in early 2017. The house was built in 1953 by Kansas City Power & Light and then later donated to the Johnson County Museum. It moved to Shawnee in 1994.
Officials say the display of the home inside the Arts and Heritage Center will allow it to be better preserved as it will be protected from the weather. The new location will also allow greater access for all museum visitors to tour the house, which tells the story of a dream 1950s home in suburban Johnson County. The exhibit features innovative electrical systems for its time, including an electric heat pump providing central air and heat and a remote-controlled central lighting system.
The house will travel from the Johnson County Museum south on Lackman over Shawnee Mission Parkway, exiting eastbound onto Shawnee Mission Parkway toward Merriam. It will then continue east, taking the southbound exit onto Metcalf Avenue in Mission, then traveling on to the Arts and Heritage Center in Overland Park.
During the move, which will require a number of road closures, traffic will be diverted off affected streets to avoid delays. The house is expected to be in Shawnee on Lackman Road and Shawnee Mission Parkway from 7 to roughly 10 p.m., in Merriam from approximately 10 p.m. to midnight, in Mission at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Metcalf from roughly midnight to 1 a.m. and then be traveling south on Metcalf Avenue to 8788 Metcalf from approximately 2 to 5 a.m. These times are rough estimates and could change. The public may watch the move from a safe location, provided they do not block traffic.
The house will be moving between 3 to 5 mph. The entire 9-mile trip is expected to take approximately 10 to 12 hours to complete, but depending on a number of factors could be completed in less time or require additional time. For example, specific safety measures must be taken at each traffic light and on exit ramps, which may increase or reduce the estimated timeframe. In general, motorists are encouraged to avoid the area to reduce the impact of the rolling road closures. Law enforcement will be on hand to help direct traffic throughout the move.
More information, including a map and details about specific road closures, can be found at http://www.jocogov.org/johnson-county-museum-house-move.