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PPS Summer Walking Tours

Why Preserve? A Walking Tour Series in Four of Providence’s Historic Neighborhoods

PPS concludes a year-long thematic exploration into the past, present and future of historic preservation with a four-part series of walking tours in four very different Providence neighborhoods. Elected officials will work with community scholars to help us examine elements that contribute to place-making, and what role historic preservation plays in creating vibrant, sustainable neighborhoods.

Through these tours, we will disrupt the prevailing notion that the relevance of historic preservation is divided along socioeconomic lines. Participants will hear challenges to their views and beliefs, and be able to challenge the same in others. These participatory conversations will spur new ideas for interpreting our historic resources and distill an understanding of how historic preservation can better contribute to the daily lives of Providence’s citizens.


Tours are free and open to the public. Space is limited and registration is required.

2017 rich This project is made possible by a grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

PPS Summer Walking Tour - Elmhurst

Friday, August 18 at 5:30 PM

Join Councilman David Salvatore and architectural historian Patricia Raub for a walk that will illuminate Elmhurst, mostly built out in the 20th century, but with origins as a farming community in the 18th century. Highlights of the tour will include the Thomas Tefft-designed Bradley House, the Winsor-Swan-Whitman Farm and Fargnoli Park.

More details and registration



PPS Summer Walking Tour - Olneyville

Tuesday, August 29 at 5:30 PM

Acting City Council President Sabina Matos and historian Sarah Zurier of the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission will showcase a  neighborhood with diverse people and buildings. From Atlantic Mills and its adjacent mill village to new housing built last year, Olneyville’s history, challenges and opportunities will be illuminated by our guides. Our final stop will be a gasometer-cum-architecture studio.

More details and registration



PPS Summer Walking Tour - Upper South Providence

Tuesday, September 26 at 5:00 PM

Join Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris and architect Peter Borgemeister for an exploration of the history, architecture and shifting demographics of Upper South Providence. Explore how the forces of institutional expansion, segregation, gentrification and community pride have shaped and continue to affect this vibrant and diverse neighborhood. Produced in partnership with the South Providence Neighborhood Association.

More details and registration coming soon!



PPS Summer Walking Tour - West End

Friday, September 29 at 5:30 PM

Join Mayor Jorge O. Elorza and author Taylor Polites as we explore the West End neighborhood, where the Mayor spent much of his childhood. We’ll begin at the Cranston Street Armory, a PPS Most Endangered Property, which is owned by the State and is mostly vacant.

More details and registration coming soon!