31st Annual Festival of Historic Houses
The Providence Preservation Society celebrates spring with its annual Festival of Historic Houses
On June 5, PPS presents its traditional house tour, featuring beautiful houses in the historic Wayland neighborhood, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Ticket holders will also receive admission to two lectures. Robert O. Jones, Senior Architectural Historian for the Rhode Island Preservation and Heritage Commission, will present “The History and Architecture of the Wayland Neighborhood,” and Wendy Brown, owner of Wendy Brown Fine Linens, will present “Thread Count and Linen Secrets” in her Wayland neighborhood store.
The festivities begin on Thursday, June 3 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a “Shop ‘Til You Drop” benefit. Participating Wayland Square stores will donate up to 15% of your purchases to PPS. See below for a list of participating merchants.
The Wayland Historic District, of which the tour neighborhood is a part, was recently listed in the National Register of Historic Places. This attractive area is filled with dwellings that reflect Providence’s late 19th- and early 20th-century domestic life. Tour goers will see the creative ways in which these century-old houses have been adapted for contemporary living by their owners.
The annual Festival of Historic Houses has been a signature fundraising and educational event of the Providence Preservation Society for over thirty years. It showcases the city’s distinguished stock of well-preserved buildings and inspires further preservation action in Providence’s neighborhoods.
Media SponsorsNew England Home magazine
"Shop ‘Til You Drop" Benefit Participants
Books on the Square
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