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Oct 2013

New England Heritage: The Arcade In Providence Reopens

Most of us probably never knew that America’s oldest indoor shopping mall is right in downtown Providence. The historic Arcade has been a New England landmark since 1828. A recent revival project has helped this historic shopping center reopen today. Eleven of the 17 planned stores are now open for business including New Harvest Coffee & Spirits and Dash Bicycles. Aside from shops and restaurants, the Arcade is working to open micro-lofts available at a later date. For more info visit ArcadeProvidence.com. Here’s the history from their site.

Built in 1828, the Arcade is the nation’s oldest indoor shopping mall and remains the historic heart of Providence’s downtown. This beautiful structure with its distinguished Greek Revival columns, granite walls and classic facades still stands barely touched through its more than 183 years watching over Westminster and Weybosset Streets.

For years, those who worked in, lived in or visited the city have walked up the Arcade’s wide, granite steps into the open center atrium to frequent the bustling eateries and shop in the small stores. This icon of Providence and lobby of the city’s financial district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and in 1976, it was designated a National Historic Landmark.

The new arcade providence will retain the historic value of the property and has won accolades from the City of Providence and the Providence Preservation Society.