slides: Providence Preservation Society’s 35th Annual Tour of Historic Properties

Friday, June 06, 2014

 

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Starting on Friday June 13, the Providence Preservation Society (PPS) will host its 35th Annual Festival of Historic Houses, through Sunday June 16. 

This year, the Festival visits Providence’s College Hill neighborhood, between Brown University and Fox Point, and Pearl Street Lofts, an industrial mill redevelopment on the South Side. This signature annual event is an opportunity to hear the stories about the properties’ origins and inhabitants.

SLIDES: See 2014 PPS Historic Houses BELOW

Friday night -- June 13 -- kicks off at the Joseph S. Cooke house built on Governor Nicholas Cooke's land, then on to a day of open houses Saturday in the last of the farm land on Providence’s East Side to be built upon, leaving houses originally constructed in the mid-1800s to early-1900s. Sunday continues to Pearl Street Lofts, where innovated mill spaces have included a Moroccan room with rooftop terrace boasting views of the city.

Tickets purchased in advance are $35 per day for PPS members/$40 per day for non-members. Advance two- day tickets are $75. Day-of tickets are $45. The Friday evening cocktail event is $125. For more information, call Angela Kondon at PPS at 831-7440, or email [email protected]

ABOUT THE PROVIDENCE PRESERVATION SOCIETY:

Formed in 1956 to respond to the proposed demolition of a number of 18th- and early 19th-century houses on College Hill, the Providence Preservation Society (PPS) has grown from a small neighborhood group to a multifaceted citywide preservation organization. With a large membership, a professional staff, and countless volunteers, PPS is able to provide a broad range of services that fulfill its mission to improve the quality of life in the City of Providence through historic preservation and the enhancement of the built environment. For more information, visit www.ppsri.org.

 

Related Slideshow: PPS 2014 House Tour Properties

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The 2014 Festival of Historic Houses kicks off Friday night at the esteemed Joseph S. Cooke house built on Governor Nicholas Cooke's land, who was in office when Rhode Island declared independence from Great Britain.

Photo credit: Warren Jagger.

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On Saturday, the Festival opens an enclave of homes within the College Hill neighborhood, between Brown University and the Fox Point neighborhood.

Photo credit: Warren Jagger.

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Unique homes and gardens are part of the Festival of Historic Houses appeal. For 35 years, the Festival has showcased Providence’s historic properties and invited tour-goers inside.

Photo credit: Warren Jagger.

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Large, stately residences which include the townhouse of a Rhode Island governor were built on the last of the East Side farmland in the mid-1800s to early-1900s.

Photo credit: Warren Jagger.

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Dignified Greek Revival houses of traders, bankers, professors and those who prospered in the mid-19th century textile and manufacturing industries are showcased on Saturday at the Festival of Historic Houses.

Photo credit: Warren Jagger.

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The east side location offers a range of older houses in the Federal-style originally home of merchants, seamen, and captains. Approximately ten houses will be open for touring in this area, which includes Cooke, Manning and Hope Streets.

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On Sunday, June 15, the Festival moves to Pearl Street Lofts, an old industrial mill complex converted into live, work and retail space.

Photo courtesy: Armory Properties.

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On the edge of the South Side of Providence, Pearl Street lofts features creative interiors, such as a Moroccan room with rooftop terrace boasting views of the city.

Photo credit: Warren Jagger.

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Pearl Street Lofts and Rice Street Studios are home to several creative endeavors, including award-winning furniture lighting and design firm Studio Dunn, and KITE Architects who will host a special open house reception during the Festival.

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Originally built between 1842 and 1857 and used as a manufacturing facility until 1983, the Pearl Street complex today houses 55 units of rentable, buyable and affordable residences and work spaces.

Photo courtesy: Armory Properties.

 

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