a national historic landmark
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 185 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.
The new arcade providence retains the historic value of the property and has won accolades from the City of Providence and the Providence Preservation Society.
“The reopening of the Arcade is an exciting development for Providence. This project breathes new life into America’s oldest indoor mall and one of our city’s most historically significant buildings, with a mix of retail, restaurants and affordable housing for young professionals in the heart of downtown Providence."
Angel Taveras, former Mayor of Providence
“The Providence Arcade is probably the single most important example of commercial architecture in Providence, and a building of national significance. The reopening of the Arcade is a monumental, much–longed for occasion, and a great gift to the residents of the city.”
James Hall, former Director of the Providence Preservation Society