Preservation Carpentry

The comprehensive Preservation Carpentry program teaches the time-honored skills and values of fine craftsmanship. Our students share a love of history, materials, quality workmanship, and working with their hands to build, restore, and preserve beautiful structures that last.

The two-year program combines an introduction to contemporary residential construction with a foundation in pre-20th century New England home construction. You’ll learn a broad range of construction methods, including stabilizing endangered buildings, preserving architectural details, and recreating historical design elements. Through lectures, hands-on projects, and collaborative field work, you’ll gain an understanding of how current technology compares to traditional techniques.

The program space includes first and second year bench rooms, where each student is assigned a bench and work space, and a central machine room. New England’s rich historical legacy of pre-20th century buildings provides exceptional field projects. Such site work is often done in collaboration with non-profit museums and historical sites.

Schedule & Curriculum

  • Students are admitted in September.
  • The maximum enrollment is 26 students.
  • Classes meet 7:15 am – 4:00 pm, Monday – Thursday, September through May.
  • The program length is two, nine-month academic years (72 weeks or 2340 class hours*).
  • Students who complete the program receive a Diploma of Preservation Carpentry.

* Class hours equals clock hours.

Careers

Graduates of our Preservation Carpentry program go on to be restoration carpenters, museum conservators, owners of full-service design/build companies, and more.

Some of the notable organizations for which they’ve worked include:

More than 90% of our graduates work in related fields. However, it’s difficult to find statistical employment data for specialized trades like preservation carpentry. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) classifies this as Carpentry, which includes many specialized trades. Visit the DOL website to explore the general outlook for carpentry careers. Payscale reports wage data for the Historic Preservation Industry. This classification doesn’t match the description for preservation carpentry exactly, but you can use it as a general guide.

According to Payscale, the average annual salary for a construction superintendent in the historic preservation industry was $57,000 as of 2022. The median salary for an Architectural Historian is listed as $59,936 as of 2022. Comparatively, the average annual salary for carpenters was $49,618.

Job openings for preservation carpenters depend heavily on geographic location. Areas with high concentrations of historic properties will have more opportunities for preservation carpenters. Visit the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) to see a map.

Of course, there are many more places than those listed in the NRHP that need skilled preservation carpenters. Visit the following pages to view opportunities in historic preservation:

13:1
Student to Faculty ratio
3,000
Student hours spent on a recent restoration project
70%
Students who receive financial aid

People

Faculty

Preservation Carpentry Instructor

Thomas Eldridge PC ’21

Preservation Carpentry Teaching Assistant

Preservation Carpentry Department Head

Facilities

The program space includes first and second year bench rooms, where each student is assigned a bench and work space, and a central machine room. New England’s rich historical legacy of pre-20th century buildings provides exceptional field projects. Such site work is often done in collaboration with non-profit museums and historical sites.

Machine Room & 1st Year Benchroom

2nd Year Benchroom

More Info

2020 Preservation Carpentry Graduate & Employment Report

  • 11 Preservation Carpentry students started the program in September 2017 and had an intended graduation date of June 2019.
  • 82% of this student cohort graduated in 2019.
  • 100% of these graduates are employed in the field.
  • This data was officially reported to ACCSC in October 2020.

2021 Preservation Carpentry Graduate & Employment Report

  • 14 Preservation Carpentry students started the program in September 2018 and had an intended graduation date of June 2020.
  • 79% of this student cohort graduated in 2020.
  • 80% of these graduates are employed in the field.
  • This data was officially reported to ACCSC in October 2021.

This disclosure is required by our accreditors, the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools & Colleges (ACCSC).

For each of our career training programs, we consult with a group of top professionals in the field to ensure our curriculum continues to meet industry needs and trends.

The Preservation Carpentry Program Advisors are:

  • Robert A. Adam
  • William Lewis Barlow, IV
  • Sara B. Chase
  • Matt Diana PC ’10
  • William Finch
  • Anne Grady
  • Brian Pfeiffer
  • Denis Semprebon