Peek Inside Private Properties at Festival of Historic Houses

More than a dozen properties in the Upper Elmwood Historic District in Providence will welcome the public for self-guided tours.

Providence certainly has many beautiful historic homes, and if you enjoy walking past opulent architecture and noticing Victorian detailing, just think about what it might be like to go inside. You can get a rare glimpse behind the doors and windows of these homes on June 2−3 for Providence Preservation Society’s Festival of Historic Houses. It’s the same weekend as PVDFest, so you can add a little architecture history to your arts and entertainment-packed schedule.

More than a dozen properties in the Upper Elmwood Historic District will welcome the public for self-guided tours of the private homes. Take in the Queen Anne Victorian and Colonial Revival styles from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The homes have been taken care of in large part by caring residents who organize grassroots restoration efforts.

A home on Princeton Avenue in the Elmwood District.

The festival also features a preview party on Friday, June 2 at the Webster Knight House in the Elmwood neighborhood, which was built in 1897 by the founder of B.B. & R Knight, the original manufacturer of the Fruit of the Loom brand. Who knew Providence had such a connection to the underwear world? But you better come dressed in more than your underwear for the party.

Proceeds from the preview event will benefit PPS as well as the Knight Memorial Library, built as a tribute to Robert and Louisa Knight by their children in 1924. The party preview tickets are $125 each, and include Saturday’s tour admission.

Inside Knight House.

The Festival of Historic Houses guided private house tours take place on Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m.−4 p.m. and tickets are $35 for Elmwood residents, $35 in advance for PPS members and $45 in advance for non-members. Saturday registration begins at 9:45 a.m. at the Knight Memorial Library at 275 Elmwood Avenue. On-site tickets will be $35 for Elmwood residents, $45 for PPS members and $55 for non-members. Go to for tickets.