Photographer/Creator

Chester Smolski

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Date

10-1-1980

Description

Home to the Davol Rubber Co. from 1884 until 1977, the Davol Square complex was rehabilitated and reopened for mixed retail and office use in 1982, with shops, offices, and restaurants. However, despite high occupancy and easy highway access, the shops slowly disappeared and the mall closed down in 1991. Davol Square was Providence’s first attempt of converting factory space into retail/office use based on the model of San Francisco’s Ghirardelli Square (1962) and was meant to rival Boston’s Quincy Marketplace/Faneuil Hall which had been revitalized in the late 1970s. The most original aspect of the complex is the overhead glazing of an alley between three- and four-story buildings which had created the core shopping arcade.

Notes

Bibliography: Woodward, William McKenzie. PPS/AlAri Guide to Providence Architecture. Providence, RI: Providence Preservation Society, 2003, pp. 123-124. Woodward, Wm McKenzie and Edward F. Sanderson. "Providence: A Citywide Survey of Historical Resources." Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission, 1986, pp. 212.

Building Type

Mall

Themes

Urban Redevelopment

Subject Headings

Shopping malls -- Rhode Island -- Providence; Interior architecture; Retail trade; Consumers; Remodeling -- Rhode Island -- Providence

Country Name

United States

Region Name

Rhode Island

City Name

Providence

Street Address

69 Point St.

Keywords

shopping malls, shops, retail, 'Providence, RI'

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