History and Architecture Events Make up the 42nd Festival of Historic Houses in Providence

Explore Mount Hope's architectural splendor and cultural legacy on a journey through time


Providence Preservation Society (PPS) is gearing up to showcase the architectural history and cultural heritage of the  Mount Hope neighborhood in Providence during the 42nd Festival of Historic Houses, running from May 29 to June 8.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the unique heritage of the Mount Hope neighborhood at this year’s Festival of Historic Houses,” says Angela Kondon, director of development at PPS. “This event not only showcases the beauty and significance of the area but also raises awareness and support for historic preservation.”

The festival will commence with an exclusive party at the private residence of former mayor David Cicilline on June 6, kicking off a series of enriching activities and culminating in the highlight of the festival – the self-guided house and garden tours on Saturday, June 8. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to explore nine private properties that paint a vivid picture of Mount Hope’s vibrant history, where in the late 19th and early 20th centuries the neighborhood comprising Olney Street, North Main Street, and nearby areas saw a period of growth and development with the rise of the streetcar, and where prominent Black and Irish communities were established. 

From 10am-4pm, visitors can meander through the five-block area, where houses exemplify the neighborhood’s architectural evolution during its peak period of expansion. In addition to the tours, the festival will feature several history walks and talks in the weeks leading up to the main event. Notable events include the Black Life in Mount Hope walking tour on May 29, the Telling the Hidden Stories of Mount Hope public art tour on June 2, and a presentation about the historical development of Catalpa Road by the Gilbane Company on June 5.

“Through these events, we aim to delve deeper into the stories and significance of Mount Hope, providing a comprehensive experience for our attendees,” Kondon explains. “We want to highlight not only the stunning homes but also the rich cultural heritage and diverse communities that have shaped this neighborhood.” For more information or to purchase tickets, visit


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