House Tour 2016: Small Houses, Big Impact

All photographs courtesy of Barbra Revill

A huge thank you to our sponsors, homeowner-hosts, neighbor volunteers, tour goers and our House Tour Committee for making the WBNA House Tour: Courts & Cottages a great success.

Over 400 people enjoyed our 3rd annual House Tour celebration. Some of these guests had never stepped foot on the west side, and were pleasantly surprised to have finally found us. The WBNA House Tour not only showcases the west side's preserved Victorian architecture. It brings tourism to and awareness about our special neighborhood, which in turn helps support our local businesses. It is also WBNA's largest fundraiser which supports the work of our organization.

Above: 2016 House Tour

This year's House Tour featured the original eco-friendly "tiny houses" – Victorian cottages and smaller homes in the Broadway Armory Historic District. This special selection of homes highlighted green elements like solar panels, environmentally conscious renovations, gardens and rain barrels, and urban beekeeping and raising of chickens.

A third of the houses are owned by architects or interior designers, which gave visitors a special look into the creative minds of designer-owned homes and the solutions they found to transforming smaller spaces into stellar spaces.

Above: House Tour Preview Party at the Nicholas A. Denner House

Our House Tour Preview Party was also a great time, as was our free House Tour teaser event West Side Revitalized, a show-and-tell of over 35 years of revitalization in the Armory District that included before and after photos of some of our neighborhood's favorite haunts and houses.

Thank you to our sponsors who contributed to the success of these great events which in turn support the work of the West Broadway Neighborhood Association.


Providence Tourism Council

Armory Properties
Bank RI
Centreville Bank
Gasbarro's Wines
Jephry Floral Studio
Markham + DeRentis

Locke Lord
Westcott Properties

Adler's Hardware
Armory Animal Hospital
Armory Management Company
The Armory Revival Company
Hugh Barry
Brady Sullivan / Starr Development
Casa Buena Builders
City Kitty Veterinary Care for Cats
Jack Ryan Architect - FAR Design
Federal Hill Podiatry
First Home Mortgage
Mike Fitzpatrick
Matthew LaRoche
The Oyster Festival
Providence Preservation Society
Providence Revolving Fund
PuroClean Disaster Restoration
Revival Brewing Company
Seven Stars Bakery
Union Studio Architecture & Community Design
Walrus & Carpenter Oysters
Webster Bank

The Compost Plant
Oomph, Inc
John T Romano DDS
TF Morra Tree Care
Urban Greens
Virginia & Spanish Peanut Co