01/26/2013 02:09 EST | Updated 03/28/2013 05:12 EDT

Historic Halifax home begins move in the dead of night

Halifax crews were up early Saturday morning dealing with the monumental task and a logistical nightmare of moving a rickety, 250-year-old house across town.

Morris House, which has been sitting idle in a downtown parking lot for the last few years, made its first successful stop on Brunswick Street just before 5:30 a.m.

The house is being moved in two stages before coming to rest at its new home located nearly five kilometres away in Halifax's north end.

The second leg of the journey will begin around 1 a.m. on Sunday. The city hired a crew to move one of the province's oldest buildings from the south end of Halifax to its new address on Creighton Street where it will be turned into affordable housing.

Along the way the crew will have to maneuver steep hills and hundreds of utility lines.

Charles Morris, one of Halifax's founding fathers, built the house. Morris House has been moved twice before, once to make room for a hotel expansion and again in 2009 to save it from demolition.