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From Vacant to Vibrant: WBNA House Tour 2017

  • Welcome Center @ Providence Revolving Fund 372 West Fountain Street Providence, RI, 02903 United States (map)

Explore Providence during the WBNA's 2017 House Tour, "From Vacant to Vibrant." Step inside an eclectic array of over a dozen different dwellings in the vital urban oasis of the West Side. This year the tour will mingle with the many businesses along the tour route in and around Luongo Memorial Square.

See how a decades-long urban transformation has impacted this once-abandoned pocket of the city. Discover restaurants, bars, and shops, and step inside affordable, market-rate, rental- and owner-occupied, single & multi-family Victorians, converted mills, and newly built homes.

And there are all kinds of stories and interesting tid-bits to learn this year! Where did Mayor Jorge Elorza use to live on Carpenter Street? How did the Box Office project on Harris Avenue inspire a building on Battey Street? Which house was the pilot location for the filming of "Brotherhood"? And, Crimetown fans, get a glimpse inside a home with ties to "Plunderdome"!

Highlights

  • See fascinating before-and-after photos and hear fun stories about Luongo Square's transformation at a FREE Slide-and-Story Show at noon courtesy of Clark Schoettle of the Providence Revolving Fund
  • Just added: Check out a pop-up display of soon-to-be installed history panels in Luongo Square. These informative panels will offer historical facts about the area and people who lived there, and are being developed by west side neighbor and author-historian Taylor Polites with support from Rhode Island Council for the Humanities.
  • As an added bonus, we are giving out RhodeTour's West Side Walking Tour booklets for your future explorations of the neighborhood!

Purchase tickets online for $20 in advance, $25 day-of. For students and seniors, tickets are $15 in advance, $20, day-of. Advance ticket sales end at 9pm on Friday, October 6 – if you miss the deadline, you can purchase tickets on Saturday, October 7, at the Welcome Center (372 West Fountain Street) starting at 9:30am. 

Earlier Event: October 6
House Tour Preview Party
Later Event: October 10
West Side Schools Food Drive