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Spring 4-1971


The “Apex Mall,” as it is sometimes referred, was built in downtown Pawtucket in 1969. The design of a stepped, white stucco surface, literally an apex, illustrates a problem tackled by designers to communicate with fast moving automobiles through illustrative architecture. The construction of the department store was part of a downtown renewal effort that ultimately failed.


Bibliography: Jordy, William H. "Buildings of Rhode Island" Oxford University Press, 2004. p. 143


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Creator 1 Role


Creator 2 Role

Industrial Design

Recommended Citation

Chester E. Smolski photographic slides and publications, MSS-0041, Special Collections, James P. Adams Library, Rhode Island College.


Pawtucket; downtown; Apex; City Hall; Blackstone River;