One of America’s oldest shopping malls in downtown Providence, RI shut down by the recession will now be converted into micro-apartments and micro-retail. Built in 1828 by architects James Bucklin and Russell Warren, the structure was the nation’s first enclosed mall and became a National Historic Landmark in 1976. In 2010 it was on Providence Preservation Society’s 10 Most Endangered Building’s list.
J. Michael Abbott of Northeast Collaborative Architects and developer Evan Granoff divided the Arcade’s two upper floors into 48 apartments. Thirty-eight of the apartments are between 225 and 450 square feet. The $550 units include built-in beds, full baths, and storage.