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 laboratory spaces in the Antone Academic Center: the Community Preservation Laboratory and the Preservation Planning Studio.
Community Preservation Laboratory
Preservation is a hands-on vocation that involves a great deal of fieldwork, such as photographing and drawing buildings, excavating archaeological sites and repairing gravestones. Preservation also requires an equal investment of time in the laboratory, constructing digital drawings and models, analyzing artifacts and creating maps. In addition to fieldwork, we prepare our students for this other “side” of preservation in our dedicated laboratory.
The laboratory features the latest equipment and software used by professional preservationists. Students have access to technology for digital graphic design, three-dimensional scanning, computerized architectural documentation, photogrammetry, and geographic information systems (GIS). The laboratory also houses the program's geophysical equipment, including ground-penetrating radar and electrical resistivity meter, and it is where all of the artifacts from our archaeological excavations are processed and analyzed.
Preservation Planning Studio
Room 106 of the Antone Academic Center is a classroom that doubles as the workspace for students in Preservation Planning Studio, the second course in the program's introductory sequence. There are drafting tables for student use along with a growing collection of historic building elements.