A move three years in the making, the former bar was lifted from its original spot for foundation repairs in December 2014.
There are two ways of looking at old age up close and unveiled in public.
Editor’ Note: After finding San Antonio artist and photographer Scott Martin crawling under the rotting foundation of the Boehler House, the former Liberty Bar, as Dodson House Movers prepared to lift it off its pier and beam footing and move it 60 feet to make way for a new foundation, we decided it was time to catch up with the man and his work first profiled on the Rivard Report in June 2012.
After two months of dropping plumb-bob lines, tightening guy wires, removing asbestos tiles, storing away window sashes, and shoring up termite-ravaged wood beams, workers with Dodson House Moving elevated the famously leaning Boehler House at 328 E. Josephine St.
UPDATE/EDITOR’S NOTE at 7:00 p.m. May 7, 2014: The Historic Design and Review Committee (HDRC) unanimously voted (9-0) against the two-block relocation of the historic Boehler House and former Liberty Bar near the Pearl Brewery during its meeting today. The small home behind the bar, however, is cleared to be moved to the 900 block of Avenue A.
The decision may be overturned if The Pearl Brewery files an appeal with the Board of Appeals.
I am a preservation architect, and have been working with Rio Perla Properties since the property was purchased in 2002, first as a senior associate with Ford, Powell & Carson and in the last 18 months as an independent consultant.