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Bill Capo / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- It's an eye-catching sight. There's no front door on this Uptown house. It's on the side, with a welcoming porch in the rear.

Erica and Robert Brent felt the history in the century-old home with the antique doors and hand-blown glass windows.

'Oh, I was just thinking who was living in this house,' said Erica.

'Oh, I was floored,' added Robert. 'I said look at this house, the high ceilings jumped at me.'

Contractor Robert Brent owns Historic Home Recyclers, and restores historic homes. He believes the old building once served ships docking on the Mississippi River 100 years ago.

'There was no levee there, and you walked from the boat to this place,' said Brent. 'So I would think it was some kind of warehouse.'

'When I first went through it, I couldn't believe how historic looking it was,' said Troy Keller.

When attorney Troy Keller bought the long-empty house, he needed the property for a major movie industry project.

'I get called all the time by location scouts about possibly using it for staging area.'

The old structure easily could have been demolished, a piece of history lost to make way for the future. But that didn't happen in this case. Troy Keller and Robert Brent worked together with the city to save the structure.

But now they've got to take it on a trip. Next week, they plan to move it five blocks down the road to a new piece of property.

'The cops will stop the traffic,' said Brent. 'It'll be amazing. The house will be on the truck and go down the road.'

'I felt so strongly about preserving the house that I am helping pay for the move,' said Keller.

Robert Brent has plans to renovate it, keeping the historic character, while adding modern amenities, and his wife has her eye on it.

'Yeah, actually I did,' Erica laughed. 'I was looking at the plans, I said baby, I want this place.'

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