Providence Place

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Providence Place
Providence Place with Omni Providence Hotel at far left in the background.
LocationProvidence, Rhode Island, United States
Coordinates41°49′40.58″N 71°24′59.24″W / 41.8279389°N 71.4164556°W / 41.8279389; -71.4164556Coordinates: 41°49′40.58″N 71°24′59.24″W / 41.8279389°N 71.4164556°W / 41.8279389; -71.4164556
AddressOne Providence Place
Opening dateAugust 20, 1999; 22 years ago (1999-08-20)
DeveloperCommonwealth Development[1]
  • Brookfield Properties
  • (Brookfield Asset Management)
No. of stores and services160
No. of anchor tenants2
Total retail floor area1,400,000 sq ft (130,000 m2)
No. of floors3

Providence Place is an American shopping mall in Providence, Rhode Island. With 1,400,000 sq ft (130,000 m2) of gross leasable area, it has been the largest shopping mall in Rhode Island since it opened in 1999. As of 2022, the mall currently features Macy's, and Boscov's, the mall currently features premier brands Abercrombie & Fitch, Adore Me, Brooks Brothers, Tiffany & Co., and Free People.


Providence Place opened in 1999 with original anchors Lord & Taylor, Filene's, and Nordstrom.[2] Lord & Taylor was repositioned and shuttered entirely in June 2004. The space was later filled by JCPenney in February 2005. Filene's became Macy's in 2006.

Michael Townsend, Adriana Yoto and six other artists covertly built an apartment in a 750-square-foot (70 m2) loft in one of the mall's parking garages in 2004 and lived there for up to three weeks at a time while documenting mall life.[3] After the fully furnished apartment was discovered by mall security, Townsend was sentenced to probation on October 2, 2007 and banned from the mall for life.[4][5][6][7]

On October 9, 2018, it was announced that Boscov's would be replacing Nordstrom.[8]

On June 1, 2020, Providence Place suffered damage after people protesting the murder of George Floyd broke in and looted 12-18 stores.[9]


The mall was built on land previously occupied by a dirt parking lot called "Ray's Park & Lock." The proposed design was met by opposition from residents on the city's East Side; developers changed the initial design to fit better into the neighborhood. The new design included more red and yellow brick and turrets on the roof, to reflect Providence's industrial past.[10]

The design of the mall was partly done by the architect Friedrich St. Florian.[11] He also built the skybridge that connected the mall with the Omni Providence Hotel (formerly the Westin Hotel).

In total, Providence Place consists of fifteen levels. The lowest three are labeled C-A (P1-P3). Level C consists of Parking-Only Stateside, and Street Level Restaurants Cityside. There is also a level D on the Stateside garage. Level B consists of DSW shoes and Restaurants, Old Navy stateside, Bed Bath & Beyond cityside and The Skybrige to the Westin. Level A consists of parking only, both cityside and stateside. Cityside is the mall's southern end, facing Downtown. Stateside is the mall's northern end, facing state office buildings including the State Capitol.

The fifth through ninth levels are labeled 1, 1M (1.5), 2, 2M (2.5) and 3, which features the indoor galleria. There is a Dave & Buster's, an IMAX theatre, and a 16-screen cinema on the seventh level. The mall also hosts two large parking garages, one cityside and the other stateside, anchored to its back end. Bridges connect the two sides over the Woonasquatucket River.

The mall's Winter Garden is a noticeable architectural feature. The four-level structure in the center of the mall spans the Woonasquatucket River and Amtrak's Northeast Corridor line. The area features large expanses of glass providing views of the city. The third level of the Winter Garden contains the food court and access to its fourth level, serving as the entrance to Dave and Buster's, the IMAX theater, and the cinema. Although not directly connected to the mall, Amtrak's Providence Station is located approximately 200 yards east of the mall, providing Acela Express and Northeast Regional service to Boston, New York City, and Washington, D.C.

List of anchor stores[edit]

Name Year
Nordstrom 1999 2019
Boscov's 2019 N/A Replaced Nordstrom
Lord & Taylor 2000 2004
JCPenney 2005 2015 Replaced Lord & Taylor
Filene's 1999 2006
Macy's 2006 N/A Replaced Filene's



  1. ^ "Providence Place is coming of age".
  2. ^ "Photos: From the Archives: 20 years ago Providence Place opens".
  3. ^ "Trummerkind". Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  4. ^ "Artist gets probation for building secret mall apartment". NBC News. Associated Press. October 2, 2007.
  5. ^ SELIN DAVIS, LISA (August 15, 2008). "The couple who lived in a mall". Salon.
  6. ^ Mulvaney, Katie. "Where Are They Now: Artist wishes he could go 'home' again to Providence Place mall". Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  7. ^ "The Accidental Room". 99% Invisible. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  8. ^ Nancy Krause; Steve Nielson (October 9, 2018). "Nordstrom at Providence Place closing; Boscov's moving in". WPRI. Archived from the original on October 10, 2018.
  9. ^ "Providence Protesters Break into Mall, Loot Stores, Burn Police Cruiser". June 2, 2020.
  10. ^ Kostrzewa, John (December 25, 2016). "John Kostrzewa: A winter night's tour of the Providence skyline". The Providence Journal. Retrieved December 25, 2016. Just across Memorial Boulevard, you can't miss Providence Place, the huge mall built in 1999 on land once used by Ray's Park & Lock, a dirt lot for 450 cars. ... When the mall was proposed, some East Siders ... complained it looked like an aircraft carrier. They convinced public officials to change the design to include more red brick (and special yellow brick for Nordstrom) and turrets on the roof to fit the city's industrial past.
  11. ^ "05-128 (Friedrich St.Florian)".

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