Explore inside the Victorian places that serve/d as home to successive waves of immigrants settling in this neighborhood over the past two centuries. An 1890s schoolhouse built for a surging newcomer population, now turned residences. The home of an Irish clergyman, now a four-generation family residence. One of the first grand homes ever to be built on Broadway. And more.
This year’s WBNA House Tour, "This Is Where They Live/d," looks at the Broadway Armory Historic District through the defining lens of immigration, as tour-goers step inside the Victorian houses, schools, and buildings that became home to many thousands of immigrants – Irish, Italian, Armenian, Dominican, Cambodian, and Guatemalan, to name a few – over the past 180 years.
As with all WBNA House Tours, our dozen featured homes and buildings are eclectic and compelling, offering the draw of one-of-a-kind architectural spaces and rich cultural history while being entirely experiential. Visitors interact with history as they experience the places, people and stories that have shaped not only the identity of the west side, but of the City of Providence as a whole.
This self-guided walking tour is open to the public and is family friendly, with discounts available for students and seniors.
Purchase tickets in advance for a 20 percent discount! Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day-of. For students, seniors, and military persons, tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day-of. Children under 12 can take the tour for free when accompanied by an adult.
Advance ticket sales end at 9pm on Thursday, October 10. You can purchase tickets at the Welcome Center (1560 Westminster Street) starting at 10am on Tour Day, Saturday, October 12.