Cultural and Heritage Tourism
Providence provides a wealth of experience for cultural and heritage tourists from afar or from within our own community.
Guide to Providence Architecture
The guide is a user-friendly database of the buildings, landscapes, and neighborhoods that make Providence special. The core text largely borrows from the 2003 AIAri guidebook, written by Wm McKenzie Woodward, with photographs by Warren Jagger. The site is easily searched and sorted by property, architectural style, designer, and neighborhood.
We have already added content-rich tours of the last several Festivals of Historic Houses, highlighting the history and architecture of the Paterson Park and Upper Elmwood neighborhoods, among others. Also available is a comprehensive tour of our Most Endangered Properties, which dot the entire city from Wanskuck to Lower South Providence. More properties and tours will be added to reflect the ongoing work of PPS.
We’ve designed the online guide for use on both computers and mobile phones, and we envision researchers, hobbyists, and visitors to Providence using it with equal gusto. Whether fact-checking a date of construction or exploring a new neighborhood, the Guide to Providence Architecture has already proven to be an indispensable tool.
Visit guide.ppsri.org to explore for yourself!
PPS Walking Tour Booklets
These historical documents from the early 1980s include introductory summary of the neighborhood’s history and a short description of the architectural and historical significance of notable buildings in the neighborhood. Booklets for Benefit Street and the Elmwood Neighborhood are currently available. They may be purchased for $3.00 each at 24 Meeting Street between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or at the John Brown House Museum.
Rhode Tour is a statewide mobile historical smartphone application. Visit www.rhodetour.org to take a thematic tour sitting at your computer, or download the app for free from the Apple Store or Google Play
The Providence-Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau provides self-guided walking tours of Providence’s neighborhoods. Print copies can be obtained at 24 Meeting Street or the Providence Vistors Center, 10 Memorial Boulevard.
Brown University Architecture IPhone App
“Brown FACADES,” is an interactive guide to the architectural history of the Brown University Campus.
Visit Rhode Island
The Rhode Island Division of Tourism promotes historic places throughout the state. This link points to sites in Providence which will be of interest to the tourist interested in historical places.