Silver & Steam: Gorham Manufacturing and the Making of Victorian S. Elmwood

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Silver & Steam: Gorham Manufacturing and the Making of Victorian S. Elmwood

Join us for the inaugural Vicki Veh Neighborhood History Lecture!

By Providence Preservation Society

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Monday, June 5 · 2:30 - 3:30pm PDT



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The move of the Gorham Manufacturing facility from downtown Providence to a large site on Mashapaug Pond is only one of the many forces that created what we now know as the South Elmwood Historic District. While Gorham is now long gone, its impact remains and provides a great starting point for stories about the houses and people of this extremely diverse and eclectic neighborhood of Providence.

In this virtual lecture on Monday, June 5, James Barnes — a local architect, RISD professor, and longtime resident of Elmwood — will explore the 19th-century growth of Providence’s first streetcar suburb and provide a backdrop to the Festival house tours taking place on June 10.

The Vicki Veh Neighborhood History Lecture is named for long-time preservation advocate and former PPS interim director and trustee Vicki Veh, and is a part of our 2023 Festival of Historic Houses. Visit to learn more!


Additional Events:

An exclusive, ticketed Festival Preview Party will take place on Wednesday, June 7. More details and tickets.

Self-guided tours of homes and gardens in the historic Elmwood neighborhood will take place on Saturday, June 10. More details and tickets.

In addition to the weekend’s tours of this historic neighborhood, a diverse slate of pre-Festival programming will also be offered. More details and registration.

Visit for a full list of our generous sponsors and updates on all 2023 Festival programs and events.

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