Portlock Black Cultural Center finds a new home on College Hill
Crowds gathered Aug. 4 to observe the new Portlock Black Cultural Center’s move from its original Clinton Terrace location to its new foundation a block away at 41 McCartney St.
Without nary a squeak nor pop, crews from W.A. Building Movers & Contractors of Westfield, N.J., successfully moved the three-story, 330-ton stone house in about eight hours, an engineering feat that required weeks of detailed preplanning.
Now undergoing full renovations, the 517 Clinton Terrace home will live on as the new Portlock Center, which will feature a full basement, wraparound porch, and interior makeovers to accommodate structured and impromptu discussions, including those involving invited speakers, and social gatherings. The center is named in honor of David A. Portlock, a former Lafayette assistant dean of academics, who played a pivotal role in leading the College toward a more diverse and inclusive future.