Join the Providence Preservation Society for their 39th Festival of Historic Houses on June 15–16. Providence history and architecture come to life, and on June 15 you’ll have a front row seat (actually, it’s mostly standing and walking) to historic and modern interiors, stunning collections and delightful gardens. It’s a once-in-a-year opportunity to see inside houses from 1865 to the early 20th century.

If you prefer to a more guided tour, June 16 is the day for you (and your dad)! That day is Father’s Day, so make a day of it by dining and shopping in nearby Wayland Square before or after your tour. Today it’s all outdoors (no interiors). You’ll learn about the neighborhood where writer H.P. Lovecraft spent his youth, the tragic story of Gladys Potter, and about the challenges of conserving parks along the Seekonk River.

Check out the Preview Party on the evening of June 13. This fabulous but low-key event will be held at Lincoln School's Margarethe Dwight House, a former PPS Most Endangered Property. Built in 1870, it was remodeled in 1883 by the architectural firm of Stone, Carpenter & Willson.