This is heritage tourism at its hippest! Explore 10 Victorian homes – with stories to tell – during this out-of-the-box house tour in one of Providence’s most intriguing neighborhoods.
From one of Providence’s last remaining wooden schoolhouses, to awe-inspiring Broadway homes, the WBNA House Tour invites you into Victorian buildings that became home to thousands of immigrants on the city’s west side, and reveals untold stories at the heart of this neighborhood’s defining vibrancy.
The WBNA House Tour curates a unique experience for curious visitors wanting to experience a neighborhood touted as one of the city’s most intriguing by the New York Times, GQ Magazine and other national media.
WBNA’s regionally recognized tour is known for its fresh approach and out-of-the-box style that often touches on contemporary and compelling themes.
This year’s tour, “This Is Where They Live/d,” looks at Providence’s west side through the defining lens of immigration, as tour-goers explore Victorian houses, schools and buildings that became home to many immigrants – Irish, Italian, Armenian, Dominican, Cambodian, and Guatemalan, to name a few – over the past 180 years.
As with all WBNA House Tours, our 10 featured homes and buildings are eclectic and compelling, offering the draw and thrill of remodeling and design shows while being entirely experiential.
Visitors interact with history as they step inside one of Providence’s last remaining 1890s wooden school houses (now unique and artful residences), a church built for anti-establishment parishioners and the grandiose Victorians visitors have come to expect of our tours.
Visitors will experience the places, people and history that shaped not only the identity of the west side, but of the City of Providence as a whole.
Saturday’s self-guided tour (Oct. 12) starts at 10 a.m. at our Welcome Center, the 1930s porcelain clad enamel gas station renovated into WBNA’s Headquarters. For a special night out, come to the revelry-filled Preview Party the evening before for all-local food (including oysters) drink, and art (Oct 11, 6-9 p.m.)!
HOUSE TOUR TICKETS
House Tour ($20 Advance Purchase / $25 At the Door)
Senior, Student & Military Discount ($15 Advance Purchase / $20 At the Door)
Preview Party & House Tour ($100 Advance Purchase / $125 At the Door)