Downtown Providence Living Tour returns

THE TELEPHONE BUILDING, at 112 Union St., is among the converted apartment buildings new to the downtown tour this year. /COURTESY THE PROVIDENCE FOUNDATION
THE TELEPHONE BUILDING, at 112 Union St., is among the converted apartment buildings new to the downtown tour this year. /COURTESY THE PROVIDENCE FOUNDATION

PROVIDENCE – The Downtown Providence Living Tour returns on Saturday after a two-year hiatus, with six renovated buildings opened for public review for the first time.

The self-guided tour of selected units in 11 downtown apartment buildings is hosted by The Providence Foundation and the Providence Downtown Improvement District.

It’s designed to allow people to peek behind the façade of the former factories and office buildings, and see how residential units are being crafted out of former workplaces.

New to the tour this year:

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  • 95Lofts in the renovated Irons & Russell Building at 95 Chestnut St. The former factory building is newly converted to 59 loft-style apartments.
  • 225 Weybosset will be opened. The two buildings, across from the Providence Performing Arts Center, have 12 apartments on the second floor between them.
  • G Reserve, which is a redevelopment of the 12-story Union Trust Building at 170 Westminster and Dorrance streets into residential apartments.
  • The Telephone Building at 112 Union St., which was renovated in previous years but is open to tours for the first time. This structure includes 12 apartments with high ceilings and in-unit laundry facilities.
  • Wilkinson Building, at 90 Eddy St., part of The Westminster Lofts project. It features 12 luxury loft-style apartments.
  • And the The Sampalis Building, at 199 Weybosset St., where 15 apartments are being created over three storefronts.

Tickets are available for $7 in advance at downtownprovidence.com or on-site at AS220, 115 Empire St., on Saturday for $10. All guests must start their touring at the registration center at AS220. The event is held rain or shine and runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mary MacDonald is a reporter for PBN.

You can email Mary at MacDonald@PBN.com

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