The Arcade

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The Arcade


Image of the Arcade on Weybosset Street located in downtown Providence, Rhode Island.

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.
Source: The Arcade Providence: A National Historic Landmark

See also:
Preston Collection photographs (GRS5.7c), circa 1920-1930

Report of the Commission on the Relocation of Monuments in the City of Providence, Made to the General Assembly at its January Session, 1908, 1908

Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission:  Statewide Preservation Reports, 1975 - 1982

Various postcards of Providence and Pawtucket, R.I., c. 1918-1919

Library of Congress: The Arcade, 130 Westminster Street, Providence, Providence County, RI


Rose, P.H.


Preston Collection C#858


Rhode Island State Archives


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Rose, P.H. , "The Arcade," in Virtual Exhibits, Item #195, (accessed September 20, 2019).