Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Festival of Historic Houses

  • 24 Meeting Street
  • Providence, RI 02903
  • Phone (401) 831-7440
  • Dates: June 6, 2019
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Price: Varies. See website

The Providence Preservation Society (PPS) is pleased to present its 40th Festival of Historic Houses on June 6 in a corner of the College Hill National Landmark Historic. Guests taking part in this year’s festival will be granted self-guided access to lovingly cared-for private homes, buildings and green spaces throughout the neighborhood.

Located in the College Hill National Landmark District, Keene Street and Lloyd Avenue are an intimate part of the tree-lined neighborhoods north of Brown University between Angell and Olney Streets. The houses in this area represent a period of economic growth and diversification of architectural styles in Providence’s history. The earliest houses appeared in the 1850s, and by the 1870s, ample Second Empire and Italianate style houses dotted the neighborhood. The building boom of the 1880s and 1890s saw a blend of Queen Anne and Colonial Revival houses, all comfortable in size, rich in detail, and set back from the streets to allow for a dense landscape of flora. The proximity to Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design also attracted professors to this burgeoning enclave, while the nearby Thayer Street commercial district provided household needs and entertainment.

Self-guided private house tours take place on Saturday, June 6, from 10 a.m.—4 p.m. Saturday registration begins at 9:45 a.m. More information is available at