WBNA HOUSE TOUR 2019 | THIS IS WHERE THEY LIVE/D
From one of the city’s last remaining wooden schoolhouses, to awe-inspiring Broadway homes, the WBNA House Tour invites you into the Victorian buildings that became home to thousands of immigrants on Providence’s west side, and reveals untold stories that are at the heart of this neighborhood’s defining vibrancy.
Photography by Stephanie Larrieux
Fri | OCt 11 | 6-9pm
441 Broadway, Providence
The weekend begins with a celebratory Preview Party at the William O. Briggs House (1849), an Italianate Palazzo inspired house that was one of the very first to be constructed on Broadway, now completely renovated by its interior designer-owner. The party will feature divine and all-local art, food (including oysters), and drink, with a return of our popular art auction. Tickets to the Preview Party include free admission to Saturday's House Tour.
Sat | OCT 12 | 10am-4pm
Starts at our Welcome Center:
West Broadway Neighborhood Association, 1560 Westminster Street
Step inside Victorian houses and buildings that served as home to successive waves of immigrants who settled in this neighborhood over the past 180 years – Irish, Italian, Armenian, Dominican, and Guatemalan, to name a few. An 1890s schoolhouse built to serve a surging newcomer population, now turned residences. The home of an Irish clergyman, now a three-generation family residence. One of the first grand homes ever to be built on Broadway. And more. This self-guided tour explores the rich cultural heritage of Providence’s west side through ten of its houses and buildings, and through the people who live/d here.
|Preview Party & Walking Tour||$100||$125|
|Student Discount (Walking Tour only)||$15||$20|
|65+ Discount (Walking Tour only)||$15||$20|
|Military/Veteran Discount (Walking Tour only)||$15||$20|
|*Preview Party tickets are limited.|
|*Advance ticket sales for both the House Tour and the Preview Party end at 9pm on Thursday, October 10; after which tickets can be purchased at the door. Children under 12 can go on the Saturday's walking tour for free, but must be accompanied by an adult.|
ABOUT THE HOUSE TOUR
The WBNA House Tour is a signature event that showcases the west side to visitors near and far. More than 4,500 tour-goers have flocked to the neighborhood over the past four years to experience its stunning architecture and soak in its vibrant sense of community. The tour curates a unique experience for curious clientele as well as for long-time neighbors, life-long Rhode Islanders, and native New Englanders wanting heritage-tourism at its hippest.
Our much anticipated, regionally recognized tour, now 6 years in, focuses on Victorian homes and buildings that became part of the seminal story of immigration on Providence’s west side. From one of the city’s last remaining wooden schoolhouses, to awe-inspiring Broadway homes, this year’s House Tour Weekend invites you to step inside the houses that reveal untold stories at the heart of this neighborhood’s defining vibrancy.