Boston boasts an exceptionally rich architectural heritage, ranging from the colonial 17th century all the way to the diversity of Georgian, Federalist, and the Greek Revival of the 18th century. Preservation carpenters are dedicated to keeping the work of those early craftspeople alive. Preserving and understanding the past while embracing a brighter future for inner-city neighborhoods is one of many values that NBSS students keep in mind when restoring and preserving beautiful structures around the City of Boston.
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.