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25th Annual Festival of Historic Houses

Friday, 06/04/2004

PPS recently commemorated its 25th year of Historic House Festivals with three days of fun-filled events, including a fabulous kick-off event, followed by two days of historic home tours, June 4 - 6. The kick-off event, Party Like It’s 1979, was chaired by PPS trustee Liz Carroll and featured cocktails, food and ‘70s music amidst a fantastic industrial-style installation, on which were projected ‘70s films and photographs. The elaborate sets were constructed by local architect and PPS trustee Barbara Macaulay and a group of architecture students from Roger Williams University. The event also included a presentation which highlighted PPS’s accomplishments and projects over the past 25 years. Guests included Lt. Governor Charles Fogarty and Providence Mayor David Cicilline.

More than 200 guests gathered to help kick-off the two-day 25th Anniversary Festival, which was chaired by volunteer Gary Convertino. On Saturday, June 5, the festival included a tour of 18th and 19th century Benefit Street dwellings and unique gardens on Providence’ East Side. Benefit Street became the focus of early preservation efforts in Providence and was highlighted at the first-ever Festival of Historic Houses. PPS concluded the weekend celebration with tours of Victorian homes on Princeton Avenue in the Elmwood neighborhood, which has seen the effects of recent preservation efforts.

PPS would like to thank the following sponsors and contributors for helping to make the event a success: The Providence Journal Company; Adler’s Hardware; Bank Rhode Island; DRL Associates, Inc; Edwards & Angell, LLP; Fleet; MPM Property Management; O. Ahlborg & Sons; Sovereign Bank; CSC Wine Imports; McLaughlin & Moran; Swarovski and VMA Arts & Cultural Center.

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