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Commissioners OK move of historic house

LAWRENCEVILLE - Commissioners cleared a bureaucratic hurdle Tuesday to clear the way for the move of a historic house from the path of the Sugarloaf extension.

The Isaac-Adair House, built in 1827, will be moved to downtown Lawrenceville to be preserved as a museum.

Commissioners approved a memorandum of agreement on the plans with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Georgia State Historic Preservation Office, Advisory Council of Historic Preservation and Gwinnett Historical Society.

"It's the right thing to do," Transportation Director Brian Allen said of saving the house. "There aren't too many of those left. And the family took great pains to restore the house. They put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into it."

Phyllis and Marvin Hughes bought the Isaac-Adair House 23 years ago, when developers planned to tear it down to put a shopping center at Ga. Highway 120 and Hurricane Shoals Road.

The family labeled the boards, dismantled the house and rebuilt it on Chandler Road - working for 15 years to restore the federal-style home.

Construction is expected to begin by the end of the year on the first section of the Sugarloaf extension, which will continue the road from its current terminus at Ga. Highway 20 south of Lawrenceville to New Hope Road.

In a matter of months, the Isaac-Adair House will be placed on a temporary foundation out of the way of construction, Allen said. When the road is in place, the house will be moved on a trailer to its new home on the Lawrenceville Square, next to the Gwinnett Female Seminary building.

"It's a great way to preserve part of our history," Allen said.

In total, the first six-mile phase of the extension, which will continue to Ga. Highway 316, is expected to take five years and cost up to $100 million. Officials have not secured funding for a proposed future extension to Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Sugar Hill.