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Providence Preservation Society's 35th Festival of Historic Houses

The 35th Annual Festival of Historic Houses will take place this year on June 13-15, inviting attendees to explore the Cooke Street neighborhood on Providence's East Side, along with the Pearl Street Lofts mill complex in South Providence. The 2014 Festival starts on Saturday in an enclave of homes within the College Hill neighborhood, between Brown University and the Fox Point neighborhood. Approximately ten houses will be open for touring in this area, which includes Cooke, Manning and Hope Streets.

The tour continues on Sunday across town on the edge of Providence’s South Side at Pearl Street Lofts, the location is an old industrial mill complex converted into live, work and retail space. Built between 1842 and 1857, the complex underwent an adaptive reuse development from 2002 to 2004 and today houses 55 units of rentable, buyable and affordable residences and work spaces. Also open will be Studio Dunn, the Anchor Providence arts and business incubator, and Keeseh Woodshop, DWRI Letterpress, and KITE Architects - one of Rhode Island’s leading architectural firms.

The weekend event will also include a ticketed kick-off cocktail party on Friday evening at the Joseph Cooke House on Hope Street. The Friday evening event is a special fundraiser for PPS, and opens the weekend of tours with cocktails, hors d’oeurves and celebration. Please call our office at 401-831-7440 for more details.

On Sunday, KITE Architects will host a special open house reception from 3:00 – 6:00 pm as an extension to the Festival tour.


Saturday, June 14 (College Hill): 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Sunday, June 15 (Pearl Street Lofts): Noon – 4:00 pm.


Tickets purchased in advance are $35 per day for PPS members/$40 per day for non-members. Advance two-day tickets are $75. Day-of tickets are $45. The Friday evening cocktail event is $125. 

Guests can pick up their tickets at the Registration center on the day of the tour. The Saturday tour Registration center is located at the Aldrich House, at 110 Benevolent Street. The Sunday tour Registration center is located in the central courtyard of the Pearl Street Lofts, at 304 Pearl Street.

Thrusday, June 5, 6:00 pm: Tripp Evans, Professor of Art History at Wheaton College, will discuss the historic development of the Pearl Street Lofts buildings and the surrounding neighborhood - a gateway between Downtown and South Providence. This three acre site will be the subject of Professor Evans’ next book, which will explore the geological, Native American, Colonial and Industrial history of the area. Location: Anchor Providence, 42 Rice Street; free for PPS members, $10 to the public. Click here for more information. 

For more information, call Angela Kondon at PPS at 401-831-7440, or email .