The cultural and historic preservation program is housed in the Antone Academic Center, the original carriage house and stables for Chateau-sur-Mer, the first of Newport's grand Belleveue Avenue mansions. The building was restored completely in 2005-2006 and, as part of the Chateau-sur-Mer estate, was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2006.
Students are encouraged to make extensive use of two 600-square-foot laboratory spaces in the Antone Academic Center: the Community Preservation Laboratory and the Architectural History Laboratory.
Community Preservation Laboratory
The Community Preservation Laboratory serves multiple functions. The laboratory houses archaeological collections from the Norman Bird Sanctuary, the Newport Historical Society's Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House and several historical properties owned and maintained by the Newport Restoration Foundation. Outfitted primarily as an archaeological laboratory, the Communication Preservation Laboratory has wet and dry areas, work tables and a state-of-the art fume hood. A library of more than 300 rare and antiquarian books about historical artifacts is available for student use in the lab.
The laboratory also houses the program's geophysical equipment, including ground-penetrating radar and electrical resistivity equipment, and the software to analyze data from historical landscapes and archaeological sites. The program has made an extensive commitment to geophysical method and theory, a commitment supported by the U.S. Department of Education, the van Beuren Charitable Foundation and the Alletta Morris McBean Charitable Trust.
Architectural History Laboratory
The Architectural History Laboratory serves as the laboratory for the course Practices of Historic Preservation, the second half of the introductory sequence to the major, and also functions as an architectural history classroom and a space for seminars. The laboratory is equipped with eight drafting tables, a teacher’s station with projection and an extensive library of preservation and architectural historical journals for student use.