The Providence Preservation Society’s

Festival of Historic Houses

Related Festival Programs

PVD Fest

The Festival of Historic Houses is timed with PVD Fest, Providence’s third citywide art festival, June 1-4. Visit Providence for a weekend of art and architecture!

Related Programs

Join PPS for two pre-Festival programs during National Historic Preservation Month. Our guests will deliver two special programs to unpack the history, architecture and demographic changes of our Festival destination neighborhood: Upper Elmwood.

The free programs below are made possible by:

The Knights and Elmwood

Presented by Deborah Del Gais
Wednesday, May 10
5:30 p.m.
Knight Memorial Library, 275 Elmwood Ave.

Register Here

Historic Elmwood Houses: An Architect's View Inside and Out

Presented by James Barnes
Wednesday, May 24
5:30 p.m.
Knight Memorial Library, 275 Elmwood Ave.

Register Here

About the Speakers

James Barnes is a registered architect whose Award-winning projects include an addition to the First Unitarian Church of Providence; the former headquarters for ITEM New Product Development on Point Street; and 161 South Main Street, home of RISD’s Industrial Design department. He served as department head of Interior Architecture at RISD where he received the John Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching and a RISD Alumni Faculty Award. Barnes serves on the Board of Directors of the AIA-Rhode Island, the Providence Revolving Fund and Ace Mentoring RI, where he is co-chair.

Deborah Del Gais is a board member of the Providence Community Library. She is actively involved with the community she serves, routinely leading tours of the neighborhood, including a 2016 Jane’s Walk tour of Knight Memorial Library. Professionally, Dr. Del Gais served as the Curator of Asian Art for the Rhode Island School of Design’s Museum of Art from 1994 until 2009. She is currently the Editor of Japan and Korea publications program at the Asia Center at Harvard University.

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