Tours & Public Programs

The Society of Architectural Historians invites the public to participate in conference programs and tours that showcase the distinctive architecture and landscapes of Providence and nearby areas. Local historians, architects, preservationists and heritage professionals will guide the tours and lead discussions that address salient issues facing the region. Engaging the local community—both professionals and the interested public—is one of the aims of the SAH Annual International Conference, which will take place this year in Providence, Rhode Island, April 24–28.

Online registration is now closed, but tickets will be available onsite at the Rhode Island Convention Center (Ballroom Prefunction, 5th floor).

Onsite Registration: 
Wednesday, April 24, 11:00 am–7:00 pm
Thursday, April 25, 7:00 am–5:00 pm
Friday, April 26, 7:00 am–5:00 pm
Saturday, April 27, 7:00 am–2:00 pm

Public Programs

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Wednesday, April 24 – SOLD OUT
Workshop: Architectural History and Place-Based Storytelling
1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Nightingale Brown House, 375 Benefit St, Providence
Tickets: $40
Sponsored by the Hope Foundation


Saturday, April 27
SAH Providence Seminar: Urban Renewal, Highway Repairs, and Preservation
8:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
South Street Landing, 350 Eddy Street, Providence
Free; Registration required.
Rachel Robinson, Providence Preservation Society, Coordinator
Sponsored by the 1772 Foundation

Saturday, April 27
SAH Closing Night Event
6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
RISD Museum, 224 Benefit St, Providence
Tickets: $70


All tours will depart from the ground floor lobby of the Rhode Island Convention Center (1 Sabin St, Providence). 

Wednesday, April 24
TR01 Sunrise on the Riverwalk 
TR02 Roger Williams in God’s Providence
Thursday, April 25
TR03 Sunrise on the Riverwalk
TR04 The Crest of College Hill
TR05 Social Class and Religion in Stained Glass
TR06 LGBTQ Providence Walking Tour

Friday, April 26
TR07 Sunrise on the Riverwalk
TR08 Adaptive Reuse on College Hill - SOLD OUT
TR09 Before Antoinette: African-American Sites along Benefit Street - SOLD OUT
TR10 The Stones of Providence - SOLD OUT

Saturday, April 27
TR11 Sunrise on the Riverwalk
TR12 The Architecture of Industry
TR13A Newport's Best-Preserved Colonial Neighborhood and Climate Change - CANCELED
TR14 Bristol’s Architectural Legacy
TR15 Gilded Age Newport in Color
TR17 Rhode Island Vernacular: From the Stone-Ender to the Square Plan House
TR18 Brown University: An Architectural Tour

Sunday, April 28
TR19 Parkitecture: The Built Environment of Roger Williams Park, 19th Century to the Present - CANCELED
TR20 Women Designers in Rhode Island
TR21 H.H. Richardson and North Easton, Massachusetts
TR22 Cape Cod Modern House Trust Tour
TR23 Complexities and Contradictions of 20th-Century Architecture in New England
TR24 Eighteenth-Century Newport - CANCELED
TR25 Great Spaces: Architectural Landmarks of 19th Century Newport


SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
for its operating support.
Society of Architectural Historians
1365 N. Astor Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610