Belmont College

68094 Hammond Road
St. Clairsville , OH 43950

Offered by Belmont since 1989, the Building Preservation/Restoration (BPR) program has become one of the most recognized programs of its kind in the nation. With a unique combination of theoretical and hands-on learning, Belmont’s program creates the opportunity for its students to combine in-class learning with actual restoration projects. The BPR program places students in an active restoration experience-allowing students to apply critical thinking skills in situations that they will face throughout their careers. 

At Belmont, you will learn by doing. You won’t just study historic preservation; you will apply learning to historic buildings that are in need of restoration and repair. The program offers experiential learning every day of every week. If you desire to learn how to protect historic sites, Belmont has the program for you. 

Building Preservation/Restoration

The Building Preservation/Restoration (BPR) program at Belmont College is one of the oldest and most recognized programs of its kind in the nation. The program’s emphasis on “hands-on” learning has established its curriculum as a national model for traditional trade’s education.

The BPR program is designed to teach students the basic trades that are used to preserve and restore historic structures. Classroom education provides a foundation in preservation theory and history along with an in-depth technical analysis of why buildings and materials fail, and explores traditional and modern approaches used to stabilize and repair them. Curriculum is taught by instructors with a wide range of knowledge and experience in the field of historic preservation.


Students take their classroom knowledge and then apply it though workshops in order to learn the fundamentals of most of the basic trades. This allows individuals to challenge their skills by completing a number of precisely designed projects.

BPR students are also taken into the field where they practice the techniques learned in the workshops on real-world preservation projects. This includes working on the department’s own historic field lab house and completing community based projects, like restoring windows in a one-room schoolhouse, or repairing stained glass windows from a local church.

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