The travel time was several hours, the distance was measured in yards, and in the end, the Victorian-era Padgett-Posey house in La Plata sat on what will be its new location.

The home, built around 1898, had been threatened with destruction to make way for a new office building.

On Sunday morning, three days before a deadline imposed by the construction schedule, La Plata general contractor Joe Husick had the house moved to his parking lot across railroad tracks from its original location on Kent Avenue.

Husick says the home will stay where it is, at Maple Avenue and Baltimore Street, where it will be used as an office once a foundation is installed.

"Beautiful house," Husick said. "It would have been a shame to tear something like that down."

He said those in charge of the new office project gave him the building, and he spent about $55,000 moving it.

Husick said the house is attracting a steady stream of curiosity-seekers as it sits in his parking lot.

"You wouldn't believe it," he said. "I have got three hugs and about five or six kisses" from people pleased with the building's survival.

CAPTION: While a crowd watches, workers prepare the Padgett-Posey house in La Plata for transport to a nearby parking lot. Above, Steve Abell, of La Plata, and his son Trevor, 2, watch efforts to relocate the house, which had been slated for destruction to make way for a new office building.