For long-time residents of Rhode Island, or visitors to the Ocean State alike, an opportunity to explore Providence from the inside-out comes every year with the West Broadway Neighborhood Association’s Annual House Tour. Now in its fifth year, this year’s tour ”Creative Conversions” highlights artists’ homes and gardens — where creativity flourishes in live-work spaces and local urban gardens green the city-scape.
Presented in partnership this year with the Providence Preservation Society (PPS), the 2018 WBNA House Tour is a day-long invitation to step inside a dozen private homes, studios, and gardens creatively reimagined on Providence’s West Side. The tour area is nestled beside the Cranston Street Armory between Harrison and Hammond streets, and includes conversions of an 1870’s former firehouse, a long-abandoned church, and a modern take on the mid-19th-century lightning splitter.
The self-guided tour invites visitors and families to step inside West Side houses, remade and invigorated by the creative energy of their owners, and discover the secluded gardens that pepper the neighborhood. More than just a location of beautifully restored and renovated buildings, this neighborhood of Providence has become known as a place for people, with an historic streetscape and a thriving economy that fuels the city’s magnetic, creative energy.
Tickets for the tour are $20 in advance, $15 for students, seniors, and military. Children under 12, accompanied by an adult, may take the tour for free. House Tour booklets, available to visitors at when they check-in at the Welcome Center, will feature historic information about the area and highlights along the tour route. For tickets and event details, visit www.wbna.org.
Friday, October 5 | Preview Party | 6 to 9 p.m.
Alfred T. Mansfield House, 25 Hollywood Road
Enjoy an evening in one of the Armory district’s exquisitely renovated grand homes, with a silent art auction, all- local fine food including oysters, and open bar. Preview Party ticket purchases include complimentary House Tour tickets. Space limited. Buy tickets online.
Saturday, October 6 | WBNA House Tour: Creative Conversions | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The WBNA Annual House Tour is a day-long invitation to explore a dozen private homes, artist studios, and urban gardens creatively reimagined on Providence’s West Side. Self-guided tours begin at 10 a.m. Check-in at the Welcome Center, open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 46 Dexter Street.