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Providence Arcade


Russell Warren
James Bucklin


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Fall 10-1980


The Westminster Street end of the Providence Arcade (1828) by Russell Warren and James Bucklin and built for Cyrus Butler. Also known as “Butler’s Folly.” Derived ultimately from the Burlington Arcade of 1818 in London, which influenced two new world Arcades in New York and Philadelphia in the early 1820s, the Providence Arcade has always suffered from lack of occupancy. In the interior, three levels of shops are united by a glass roof and classical details.


Woodward, PPS/AlAri Guide to Providence Architecture (Providence, 2003) 85. See also Woodward, Providence: A Citywide Survey of Historical Resources. Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission, 1986, pp. 108-109.


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Building Style

Greek Revival

Subject Headings

Providence (R.I.) – Buildings, structures, etc.; Space (Architecture) – Rhode Island -- Providence; Historic buildings -- Rhode Island -- Providence; Providence Arcade (Providence, R.I.); Greek Revival (Architecture)

Country Name

United States of America

Region Name

Rhode Island

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Street Address

130 Westminster Street and 65 Weybosset Street


downtown; streets; Arcades; Greek Revival