Though worn by the elements and years of neglect, the cottage was found to be generally sound by architect Christopher (Kip) McMahon of the firm Robinson Green Beretta, and by Denis Beique, project manager for the Gilbane Company. Gilbane built the cottage circa 1885. In December 2004, RIC received a $325,000 federal appropriation to refurbish the yellow cottage, and to develop educational programs to study child welfare and public policy in the state. The Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Historical Commission also awarded the College a $100,000 grant the month before to help with restoration. The state turned over the land that belonged to the State Home to RIC in 1990, the grounds of which are now the college's east campus.