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2013 Festival of Historic Houses

from 06/07/2013 to 06/09/2013 – 6:00 PM to 4:00 PM

2013 Festival of Historic Houses

Extraordinary Interiors, Historic Architecture, Private Gardens, Impressive City Views. 

Friday, June 7, 2013

6:00pm - 9:00pm **

An Intimate Evening: A Festival of Historic Houses Preview

**Due to the popularity of this event, tickets for Friday evening's cocktail reception are sold out

Saturday, June 8, 2013

10:00am - 5:00pm

Overlooking the City:  Prospect Street Historic House Tour

Sunday, June 9, 2013

11:00am - 4:00pm

In the Working Valley:  Historic Monohasset Mill, SteelYard, and Box Office Tour

**We are no longer selling advance tickets; all day-of tickets will be $45 (no member or advance purchase discount)

Three days - two parts of the city - interiors of 19th century homes - a landmark sanctuary - a private garden - artists' studios and lofts - industrial mills renovated for current industry

PPS is showing visitors the architectural examples that make Providence unique, and their owners are inviting you to come inside and see these remarkable spaces!

Burgess-Nightingale House
Burgess-Nightingale House (1852). Warren Jagger Photography.
Friday, June 7 , 6 pm to 9 pm. Two hosts/owners of neighboring homes on Prospect Street will give a progressive cocktail reception to kick off the festival weekend. The restored Greek Revival Burgess-Nightingale House, and, across the street, the Stephen O. Metcalf Carriage House (now remodeled as a private home), will be the settings for this party. Tickets are limited. Portions of these homes, which are also being shown on Saturday's tour of Prospect Street, will be open exclusively to cocktail party guests.

Saturday's House Tour 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., will commence at the landmark First Church of Christ Scientist, surmounted by its majestic dome at 71 Prospect Street. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the building, unchanged since its construction. To celebrate, the 100 year old organ will be played by organist Peter Krasinski during the first half-hour of the tour; later visitors will have an opportunity to view "behind-the-scenes" workings of this organ.

 Saturday highlights:

  • To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, organist Peter Krasinski will give a performance with the Church’s original organ during the first half-hour of registration (10:00 - 10:30 am). Later visitors will have an opportunity to view "behind-the-scenes" workings of the organ.    
  • A home filled with outstanding Chinese export porcelain and decorative arts, and two floors of rooms with antique decorative pieces.
  • A look "over the wall" into the garden of Mary Elizabeth Sharpe, given to Brown University with the stipulation that it be preserved and maintained as she designed it. Made up of many garden rooms, it stretches the whole block between Prospect and Congdon Street, and ranges from the formal to wild woodland components.
  • A thorough restoration and period treatment of an 1884 Victorian house incorporating rarely-encountered original kitchen elements - and a collection of child-size stoves, among other fascinating decorative appointments.
  • An apartment conversion of an carriage house. Its original architectural detailing provide a backdrop for contemporary art and furnishings. Handsomely landscaped exterior seating and enclosed carpark.
  • A Victorian home that two owners have lovingly and thoughtfully restored and adapted inside, while bringing the exterior back to its original splendor. Currently the home of an active young family with office space for its owners, all is on view for a perspective on making preservation work with your lifestyle.


Monohasset Mill
Monohasset Mill (1866). Photographer: Erik Bright
On Sunday, the festival continues across town from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., centered on Monohasset Mill and recent developments in the Valley district. The owners, artists, and artisans who live and work in the adapted spaces of Monohasset Mill are proudly opening their units to share with our visitors, with over a dozen "MonoMill" units open to the public. In the courtyard and in the adjacent Steel Yard, food trucks will provide food and drinks. There will be an added opportunity will be to visit the nearby Box Office for a chance to see inside the remarkable adaptation of shipping containers into a multi-story office complex.

Sunday highlights: 

  • The Box Office (460 Harris Avenue), composed of 35 recycled shipping containers, will be open to tour goers between 12:00 – 2:00 pm.  
  • Tours of the Steel Yard will be offered at 12:30, 1:30, 3:00 pm. Located in the former Providence
Iron complex, the Steel Yard offers arts
technical training
 programs designed
for cultural

If you have "done" a PPS house festival many times, you won't want to miss this new dimension in showcasing active preservation successes in the City.

Words to the wise: buy tickets early for the cocktail party. A limited number of tickets are available due to the private venues. On the tours: wear flat shoes; high-heeled shoes are not allowed, as they may damage floors. Saturday's tour covers one-half mile from beginning to end along Prospect Street. The garden is on multiple terrains.

For more information, call Angela Kondon at PPS at 401-831-7440, or email .

**We are no longer selling advance tickets; all day-of tickets will be $45 (no member or advance purchase discount)

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