Providence Preservation Society Hosting Festival of Historic Homes

The Providence Preservation Society hosts the 35th annual Festival of Historic Houses June 13-15, highlighting some of the city’s most interesting homes, gardens and converted mill spaces. Society officials said Providence is one of the few mid-sized American cities with much of its historical character intact, with its post-industrial heritage represented by traditional grand houses of captains of industry and the adaptive reuse of industrial buildings and sites into homes.

Brent Runyon, the society’s executive director, said they’ve expanded the tour to two days; there is a fund-raising cocktail reception on the first day in a private historic home.

The festival starts on Saturday in historic College Hill between Brown University and Fox Point, where the oldest homes include Federal-style homes of a merchant, seaman and captain. Approximately 10 houses will be open for touring in the area of Cooke, Manning and Hope streets. The next day, it continues across town to the south side at the Pearl Street lofts, an old mill complex converted to living, work and retail spaces. PearlSt-Model.jpg

The cocktail party will be held at the Joseph Cooke House on Hope Street, a fundraiser for the society, and on Sunday KITE Architects in the Pearl Street lofts, hosts a special reception from 3-6 p.m. to extend the festival tour.

Advance tickets are $35 per day for society members and $40 for non-members; day-of tickets are $45, and the cocktail party is $125. For tickets, call Angela Kondon at the Providence Preservation Society, 401-831-7740, or email For information, visit

And not to leave out the state next door, Massachusetts has a myriad of house tours this year, check them out at


Photo of Pearl Street loft courtesy of Armory Properties



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