Providence, RI – The Providence Preservation Society (PPS) celebrates its 40th Festival of Historic Houses on June 4 from 10a.m. to 4 p.m. by showcasing a corner of the College Hill Historic District.
Keene Street and Lloyd Avenue are a part of the tree-lined neighborhoods north of Brown University between Angell and Olney Streets. The earliest houses in this area appeared in the 1850s and, by the 1870s, ample Second Empire and Italianate style houses dotted the neighborhood. The building boom of the 1880s and 1890s saw a blend of Queen Anne and Colonial Revival houses, all comfortable in size, rich in detail, and set back from the streets to allow for a dense landscape of flora.
Guests taking part in the festival will tour private homes, buildings, and green spaces found throughout the neighborhood. Over the course of the self-guided tour, guests will experience a range of houses representing an unprecedented period of economic growth and diversification of architectural styles in Providence’s history.
The Providence Preservation Society began offering house tours in 1958, two years after its founding, with the “First Street Festival.”