Frequently Asked Questions


Can I volunteer?

Yes! All volunteers will receive FREE admission to Saturday's tour.  PPS will be managing volunteer recruitment and coordination. Please click here to fill out the volunteer sign up form (your information will not be shared with third-parties). To read more, see this document. You may also reach out to William Ricci, Volunteer Coordinator for the Providence Preservation Society, by emailing: festivalvolunteer@ppsri.org.

Where do I pick up tickets?

Purchase your WBNA House Tour tickets online for a 20% discount in advance. But if you don’t end up getting them beforehand, you can also purchase your tickets on the day of the tour, Saturday, October 6th, at the Welcome Center, located at Hmong Church, 46 Dexter Street. Tickets are $20 in advance; $15 for students and seniors. 

Can I bring my children?

Children under the age 12 and infants are welcome to attend. Infants may come into the houses, but please note that the homes cannot accommodate strollers.  We recommend that you arrange to have someone to wait outside with your stroller or bring a baby carrier or wearer.

What is the tour route?

The homes are in a within a three-block area, buffered by Hammond and Harrison streets. The House Tour Booklet has a map to guide you.  House Tour volunteers on site can suggest recommended routes, but you may visit the homes in any order that you wish!

Is there transportation provided?

This is a walking tour, so we recommend wearing comfortable shoes!

What if it rains?

The tour happens every year, rain or shine!  Hopefully the weather will cooperate with us–it was gorgeous last year–but it is never a bad idea to bring an umbrella.

Where should I park?

You can park on any street on the West Side. Hmong Church is located off Dexter and you will find lots of spaces to park your vehicle.

What if my question has not been answered?

Feel free to contact us at wbna@wbna.org and we’ll get back to you shortly.

Are the walks wheelchair / stroller-accessible?

They are not wheelchair-friendly because of the nature of the neighborhood. Strollers are manageable, but do leave them outside the homes and don’t obstruct others!

Are there discounts for students & seniors?

We offer a standard discount for group bookings of ten pax and above – no matter who you are! Simply contact us at hello@ohopenhouse.org.

Are all of the houses old?

There can be a great range in the age of the houses on each tour, from 18th century dwellings to modern interpretations. This year features a long-abandoned church turned into modern apartments. As well as a Victorian firehouse re-imagined as a home and artist studio. You’ll also see a modern interpretation of a lightening-splitter, an architectural design referring to wood-framed homes with sharply angled multi-story gable roof, which was believed in local Rhode Island folklore to split or deflect bolts of lightning. 

Where should I eat?

Not only will you be able to go INSIDE houses, explore urban gardens, and see artist studios, but there are tons of places on the West Side to stop in and take a break during, before, or after the tour. Here are a few suggestions that we love:

For morning coffee and amazing sandwiches or pastries, stop in at  Seven Stars Bakery. Eat some delicious fried chicken at Bucktown, or taste the wonderful array of meals served up at The Slow Rhode. For beer lovers and snacks, head over to the West Fountain Street area to check out Bayberry and Saint Monday or  Long Live Brewery. On Knight Street is the best place to hide with a beer in a hand at the E&O Tap. The tour area spills out to Westminster and Broadway main streets that are home to JuliansDash Bicycle, with their Nitro Bar coffee cafe, as well as Nick’s on BroadwayThe Grange, Broadway Bistro, and many others. In Luongo Square, stop in for a post-tour cocktail at The AveryLounge.

Where should I stay? Hotels, B&B, etc.

For hotels nearby, check out the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau website: https://www.goprovidence.com/hotels/providence-hotels/

Can I volunteer?

Yes! All volunteers will receive FREE admission to Saturday's tour.  Please click here to fill out the volunteer sign up form. You may also reach out to William Ricci, Volunteer Coordinator for the Providence Preservation Society, by emailing: festivalvolunteer@ppsri.org