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2019 Festival of Historic Houses - Festival Preview Lecture

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Saint Martin’s Episcopal Church

50 Orchard Avenue

Providence, RI 02906

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The 39th Festival of Historic Houses will offer tour-goers the chance to explore the late 19th and early 20th century homes of Providence’s Paterson Park Neighborhood, located in the Blackstone Park Historic District.

At the turn of the 20th century the accessibility of modern utilities expanded beyond captains of industry to middle-class citizens. Paterson Park was one of the newly-accessible neighborhoods designed for the upwardly-mobile professional class. These were the homes of physicians, insurance agents, importers, chemists, lawyers, jewelers, and professors of the day, and also where the writer H.P. Lovecraft spent the early part of his life. We encourage you to join us and learn more about this tucked-away enclave on Providence's East Side.


Festival Preview Lecture

On Monday, June 3 at 5:30 pm, join PPS to learn about the architecture and history of the Paterson Park Neighborhood. Architect James Barnes will present From Central Bridge to Paterson Park: The evolution of a neighborhood through maps, streets, and houses at Saint Martin's Episcopal Church.

This lecture is FREE and open to the public. Advance registration required.

James Barnes is a Professor of Architecture at RISD and a registered architect certified by NCARB with an active practice in the southern New England region. His professional work has been by recognized by the RI Chapter AIA, the Providence Preservation Society and RI Monthly magazine. He is also a recipient of RISD’s John Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching and of a RISD Alumni Faculty Award. He lives with his wife Victoria in Providence’s Elmwood Historic District.




Full Festival of Historic Houses Schedule:

Monday, June 3: Free Festival Preview Lecture at Saint Martin's Episcopal Church, 5:30 - 7 pm (tickets)

Thursday, June 13: Festival Preview Party at Lincoln School’s 1870 Dwight House, 5:30 - 7:30 pm (tickets)

Saturday, June 15: Self-guided private house tours in the Paterson Park neighborhood, 10 am - 4 pm (tickets)

Sunday, June 16: Guided walking tours of the Paterson Park neighorhood and its green spaces, 1 - 5 pm (tickets)

Interested in volunteering for the Festival? All volunteers receive free tickets to the Saturday, June 15 house tours. Click here for more information!

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