Rhode Island Picture
The Providence Arcade -
Providence, RI - 1906
(Scroll Down for Background Information)
Reverse of Card Below - Phenix, RI - July
a National Historic Landmark, was constructed in 1828 by Cyrus Butler
and designed in the Greek Revival
style by James Bucklin and Russell Warren. It is the oldest shopping
arcade in the nation.
The Arcade has three floors of
shops overlooking a central walkway. At either end of the structure
are six Ionic columns and a glass roof allowing for natural lighting.
During the years of the great
depression, most of the shops closed and the structure was almost torn
down in 1944. The Arcade remained in poor condition until the early
1980s when it was refurbished by the
Rhode Island Association for the Blind
and currently contains a full assortment of stores and small eateries.
I never realized, before finding
this postcard that our modern day
Shopping Malls had such an