In the fall of 1962 the Board of Trustees determined that the cost of restoring the Oliver Watson House would be so great that it would be better to raze the building. Under the leadership of the late Dr. Carl Woodward, President from , $20,000 was raised to save the building and the Board of Trustees provided the rest of the fund required to restore the building. Reconstruction began in July of 1963 under the supervision of Mr. Harry W. Huntington of Wickford with Mrs. George E. Downing and Mr. Donald Shepard of Providence as consultants. The restoration was completed in 1964. Below are images of the extensive repair work done to the house.