EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette College is preparing to expand its campus. But on the land where more housing will be built is one historic home the school decided just couldn't come down.
"They've got to make sure the ground is all leveled," said Artie Ravitz, who lives in Easton.
Prep has been underway for weeks to save a historic house.
"I love watching it," said Ravitz. "It's quite exciting."
Lafayette College is moving the house from Clinton Terrace to McCartney Street.
The school couldn't part ways with the home, which was built in the early 1900s and designed by alum and Easton-native William Micheler. He was an architect behind several buildings on campus and throughout College Hill.
The home was put on wheels and took several hours to move.
In the crowd watching Wednesday was Professor Rexfore Ahene.
"I came to Lafayette in August of 1982," said Ahene. "I was the only black tenured professor on campus, which also meant you take on full responsibility of advising black students."
It's a responsibility he's taken seriously for nearly 40 years.
It's why he's thrilled to see this building become the new headquarters of the Portluck Black Cultural Center.
"This is a facility that's dedicated to the culture, the history and the very presence of the inclusion of students of color," said Ahene.
The center outgrew its old space.
So come 2022, the house will be renovated, and there will be areas added for education, entertainment, gatherings, and housing.
"We're developing like this almost multicultural plaza, where you have the Hillel society and now the Portluck Black Cultural Center on the other side, right next to the President's house," said Robert Young, a Lafayette alum and the director of intercultural development.
The center was named after former assistant dean of academics David A. Portlock. School officials credit him with increasing diversity and inclusivity in the college community.
"It's important to have a space that's for you and by you so this is really exciting for the black community at Lafayette College," said Young.
"For me, an African and also a member of faculty, it gives me pride to know the college recognizes the culture," said Ahene.
The building is a nod to the past and a glimpse at the future on the gateway to Lafayette's campus.