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 or Providence Arcade (locally known as The Arcade) was a historic shopping center in Providence, Rhode Island. This arcade built in 1828, was the first enclosed shopping mall in the United States. It was closed in 2008 "in preparation for a major renovation of the mall's interior, according to the Providence Preservation Society".[3] The building reopened on October 21, 2013 [4] with a mix of retail shops, restaurants, and residential micro-lofts.[5]


Designed by Russell Warren and James Bucklin in the Greek rectilinear temple style, the Arcade is replete with Ionic columns at either end. After falling into disrepair, it was rehabilitated by architects Irving B. Haynes & Associates and Gilbane Properties, and reopened in 1980. Its three stories were host to a diverse array of tenants including a number of primarily weekday lunch restaurants on the ground floor and a jewelry shop, clothing shops, a sci-fi/fantasy book shop, a game shop, and local non-profits on upper floors.

The Arcade was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976.[2][6]

On January 25, 2012, development plans were announced for the arcade building that included a variety of shops.[7] The building reopened on October 21, 2013.[4]


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  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. ^ Marcelo, Philip (May 7, 2009). "Landmark Buildings in Disrepair". Providence Journal. p. B.1. 
  4. ^ a b "Historic Providence Arcade Reopens its Doors". GoLocal Prov. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "The Arcade Providence - a Historic Revival". Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ http://www2.turnto10.com/business/2012/jan/25/3/plans-ris-arcade-building-be-unveiled-ar-909391/[dead link]


  • Woodward, William McKenzie (2003). PPS/AIAri Guide to Providence Architecture (1st ed.). Providence, R.I.: Providence Preservation Society. p. 84. ISBN 097428470X. 

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