FORT WAYNE, Ind (WFFT) - It's not often you get to see history in motion, but many people believe that it's important to save pieces of historic Fort Wayne.
With the help of a ceremonial tug, the 122-year-old Cambray Associates Building crept along to it's new, temporary spot on Harrison Street, although it wasn't too far from it's old location--only moving about 300 feet.
People gathered Monday to watch the building that was bought by the owners of the Hall's Restaurants be put into place and many were happy to bare the cold to see history live on.
Olivia Fabian, a local resident brought her young son to watch, saying, "He really likes construction equipment and all kinds of things and thought it would be cool. I really appreciate that they're saving a piece of Fort Wayne history and taking the time to move it rather than tear it down."
"I think it is important that we try and repurpose and hang on to the history that we have here in Fort Wayne rather than just keep throwing up new buildings, although they're important too," says local historian Randy Harter.
Bud Hall, one of the co-owners of the building says they have no plan on how they will use the Cambray Building, but it's still important to save it.
"It's a neat old building," says Hall. "It's solid. Architecturally, it's probably not significant, but it's got great brick work on it and when these buildings are torn down, they're gone forever, you know? We've had good luck with repurposing old buildings."
Harter says he likes the Hall brothers' work ethic and drive to help improve Fort Wayne.
"You have to give the Halls credit in that when the original brothers of Don Hall's could all be retired in Florida, instead they're continuing to build the business for the third generation."