The Dresbach-Hunt-Boyer house and its accompanying Tankhouse are recognized city landmarks in the city of Davis, California. The domestic tankhouse was a structure unique to California that was developed to store water in a climate characterized by winter rainfall and summer drought. A new building was proposed for the site and a proposal was made to move the 1874 structure to the west side of the historic house.
Lerner + Associates were retained to evaluate the proposal to move the building and make recommendations for the most appropriate approach to relocating and rehabilitating the structure.
Working with Deputy City Manager Ken Hiatt (the buildings are owned by the City), YHLA Architects, and wood technologist Kevin Flynn, Lerner + Associates found the relocation appropriate and developed a program to retain as much historic fabric as possible and develop a design that retained the historic character of the structure and site.