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31st Annual Festival of Historic Houses

Thursday, 06/03/2010

The Providence Preservation Society celebrates spring with its annual Festival of Historic Houses

FHH2010 button On June 5, PPS presents its traditional house tour, featuring beautiful houses in the historic Wayland neighborhood, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Ticket holders will also receive admission to two lectures. Robert O. Jones, Senior Architectural Historian for the Rhode Island Preservation and Heritage Commission, will present “The History and Architecture of the Wayland Neighborhood,” and Wendy Brown, owner of Wendy Brown Fine Linens, will present “Thread Count and Linen Secrets” in her Wayland neighborhood store.

The festivities begin on Thursday, June 3 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a “Shop ‘Til You Drop” benefit. Participating Wayland Square stores will donate up to 15% of your purchases to PPS. See below for a list of participating merchants.

The Wayland Historic District, of which the tour neighborhood is a part, was recently listed in the National Register of Historic Places. This attractive area is filled with dwellings that reflect Providence’s late 19th- and early 20th-century domestic life. Tour goers will see the creative ways in which these century-old houses have been adapted for contemporary living by their owners.

The annual Festival of Historic Houses has been a signature fundraising and educational event of the Providence Preservation Society for over thirty years.  It showcases the city’s distinguished stock of well-preserved buildings and inspires further preservation action in Providence’s neighborhoods.

Event Sponsors

Title Sponsor
Bank of America

Event Sponsor
Agniel Commodities
Bank Rhode Island
CVS Caremark
Dominion Energy
Residential Properties

Supporting Sponsors


Ashley and Scott Gunn
Fred Flanagan, Inc.
Parker Construction Company

Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage


Media Sponsors

New England Home magazine

"Shop ‘Til You Drop" Benefit Participants

Books on the Square
Clad In
Dorothy Williams
Gabrielle Apparel
Milan Clothiers
Mrs. Robinson
Plaid and Stripe
Reliable Gold
Runcible Spoon
Southwest Passage
Wendy Brown Fine Linens

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