Above: Staircase at 216 Carpenter Street. Photo courtesy of Jack Ryan.
A huge thank you to our sponsors, house hosts, volunteers, tour goers, Providence Revolving Fund and our House Tour Committee for making the 4th annual WBNA House Tour a great success.
Over 550 participants explored the theme "From Vacant to Vibrant" as they toured more than a dozen homes and checked out local businesses in and around Luongo Memorial Square, once a largely abandoned part of the neighborhood known by its stretches of vacant homes and blighted streets. With at least ten homes sitting empty two decades ago, Luongo Square had lost more than its sense of community – it had lost its community.
Today, the square is a place for people once again, and tour goers got to experience why it matters that a small group of tenacious people and organizations – neighbors, thoughtful developers, Providence Revolving Fund and WBNA – worked to create a vibrant, mixed use cityscape that is now home to affordable as well as market rate housing; modern, historic, and repurposed industrial buildings; and shops and commercial spaces occupied by small businesses.
Above: 2017 House Tour. All photos by Jack Ryan unless otherwise noted.
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During the event, visitors and neighbors walked the bustling streets of Battey, Brighton, Carpenter, Knight and West Fountain Streets, enjoying the diverse housing stock featured on the tour as well as Taylor Polites' pop-up display of history panels that will soon be permanently installed at Luongo Square. These panels will offer historical facts about the area and people who lived there, and are being developed with support from Rhode Island Council for the Humanities.
Other highlights include Clark Schoettle's slideshow of before-and-after photos complete with colorful stories that illustrated Luongo Square's transformation; free access to RhodeTour's West Side Walking Tour booklets to encourage future explorations of the neighborhood; and Mayor Jorge Elorza showing up as a volunteer docent in his former residence of 216 Carpenter Street!
Above: Preview Party at the Patrick F. Hoye House. All photos by Rebecca Atwood.
Our House Tour Preview Party was also an atmospheric great time in one of Broadway's most beautifully restored grand homes, with delicious local food & drink, and live music by the incredible Miss Wensday. Many thanks to our Preview Party fine food and beverage donors: Nick's on Broadway, Sin, Virginia & Spanish Peanut Co, The Avery, Revival Brewing Company, and Reyes Liquors.
The WBNA House Tour not only showcases the west side's signature architecture. It grows awareness of our unique neighborhood and its offerings, which in turn helps promote our local businesses. It is also WBNA's largest fundraiser which supports the work of our organization throughout the year.
We are grateful to our sponsors and donors who contributed to the success of these great events.
Providence Real Estate Guy
Providence Tourism Council
Armory Management Company
Broadway Real Estate Group
Jephry Floral Studio
Locke Lord, LLP
Seven Stars Bakery
Taylor & Associates
Armory Animal Hospital
City Kitty Veterinary Care for Cats
Durkee, Brown, Viveiros & Werenfels Architects
Fuss & O'Neill, Inc.
Hugh Barry, Esquire
Jack Ryan Architect – FAR Design
Lila Delman Real Estate
Michael Fitzpatrick, Attorney At Law
Nick's on Broadway
Providence Revolving Fund
Puroclean Disaster Restoration
Union Studio Architecture & Community Design
Virginia & Spanish Peanut Co.
William Conley Law
Coastway Community Bank
Duck & Bunny
Federal Hill Podiatry
Hudson Services Inc.
Hudson Street Deli
Lila Delman – Nancy Cresser
Lila Delman – Dave Hackett
Ogies Trailer Park
Providence Preservation Society
TF Morra Tree Care
The Compost Plant