Westminster Arcade

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The Arcade
Westminster Arcade is located in Rhode Island
Westminster Arcade
Location 130 Westminster Street and 65 Weybosset Street, Providence, Rhode Island
Coordinates 41°49′25″N 71°24′39″W / 41.82361°N 71.41083°W / 41.82361; -71.41083Coordinates: 41°49′25″N 71°24′39″W / 41.82361°N 71.41083°W / 41.82361; -71.41083
Built 1828
Architect Russell Warren; James C. Bucklin
Architectural style Greek Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 71000029
Significant dates
Added to NRHP May 06, 1971[1]
Designated NHL May 11, 1976[2]

The Westminster Arcade, also known as the Providence Arcade, Arcade Providence, or The Arcade, is a historic shopping center in downtown Providence, Rhode Island. Built in 1828, it is notable as the first enclosed shopping mall in the United States.[3] It has closed for renovation and rehabilitation several times and most recently reopened its doors in October 2013 as a residential and commercial mixed-use building.[4][5][6]


Russell Warren and James Bucklin designed the building as an architectural arcade with prominent Ionic columns at either end.[7] After falling into disrepair, it was rehabilitated by architects Irving B. Haynes & Associates and Gilbane Properties, and reopened in 1980. It closed again in 2008 for renovations and did not reopen until October 2013 as a mixed-use commercial and residential "micro-loft" space.[5][8]

The Arcade was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976.[2][9]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Arcade". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-05-03. 
  3. ^ Kandarian, Paul (9 October 2013). "Arcade in Providence opening eateries". Boston.com. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Marcelo, Philip (May 7, 2009). "Landmark Buildings in Disrepair". Providence Journal. p. B.1. 
  5. ^ a b "Historic Providence Arcade Reopens its Doors". GoLocal Prov. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "The Arcade Providence - a Historic Revival". Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  7. ^ Woodward, William McKenzie (2003). PPS/AIAri Guide to Providence Architecture (1st ed.). Providence, R.I.: Providence Preservation Society. p. 84. ISBN 097428470X. 
  8. ^ Eil, Philip (26 December 2012). "At the Arcade, micro-living". The Providence Phoenix. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  9. ^ Carolyn Pitts (February 3, 1976). National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination:  PDF (32 KB). National Park Service.  and Accompanying eight photos, exterior and interior, from c.1924, 1944, 1957, 1967, 1969, 1970 PDF (32 KB)

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Interior as seen from the second floor (2005)