Back to the Work: Encounters with Historical & Contemporary Voices

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I cannot leave home even for a few days without taking some method of thanking you for the pleasure you conferred upon me in permitting me to be the first to see your beautiful surroundings — I can assure you that I have never seen any mansion to compare to yours in decoration, finish and tasteful design, and really it is a source of pride that we have a house so refined and elaborate in our midst. Do thank Mr. Lippitt for his courtesy in pointing out the chief points to admire.
— Anne Brown Francis Woods of Providence, RI writing to Mary Anne Lippitt

It has been said that a building is the extension of the owner’s mind, but a building is also the extension of the builder’s arms. By asking, "Who built Lippitt House?" Strange Attractor and Lippitt House Museum will develop a new multi-sensory installation for visitors in Providence, RI in the Spring of 2018.

Focusing on the central theme of labor, this project attempts to reveal the fingerprints on our built environment, bringing to light the human effort and expertise that created the clothes we wear, the houses we live in, and the objects that surround us. Come explore, discuss, and discover the people whose work make these “beautiful surroundings” possible.

Sundays at 2pm and Tuesdays at 7pm throughout March and April 2018, excluding Sunday April 1.

Reservations strongly encouraged due to limited capacity. Information coming soon on how to reserve.

Creative Team:

Jed Hancock-Brainerd, Rebecca Noon, Andy Russ, Emily Shapiro and Stray Creatives

Featured Voices:

Dave Painter, Property Manager and Restoration Specialist

Marie Alfred, House Cleaner and Owner of Keep It Clean

This project is developed with support from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities.