The interior of the Arcade in the 1930’s

Wm. McKenzie Woodward and Edward F. Sanderson, Providence: A Citywide Survey of Historical Resources. Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission, 1986, pp. 162.


The Westminster Arcade or Providence Arcade was the first enclosed shopping mall in the United States. Designed by architects James Bucklin and Russell Warren, it was built in 1828. By the mid 20th century it had fallen into disrepair. It was remodeled by Irving B. Haynes & Associates and reopened in 1980. This interior view, taken in the 1930’s shows the original three levels of shops and the skylit gable roof.