Opened in 1828, the Arcade, between Weybosset and Westminster streets in downtown Providence is reported to be the first indoor mall in the United States. Owned at one time or another by nearly every major company in Providence, in recent years it had fallen on hard times. Shuttered, sitting waiting to die from neglect, its steps serving as lounging place for local ne'er-do-wells seeking a place to sit and contemplate where their lives went wrong.
But the human imagination can sometimes be an incredibly powerful force and so the latest owner of the Arcade has turned the top two floors into what they call micro-lofts and the ground floor into shops. The Arcade is back in business and businesses are back in the Arcade.
|Weybosset Street entrance|