Merchandising meccas and other commercial curiosities. Our exhibits range from the early 20th to early 21st centuries.
Providence, Rhode Island's WESTMINSTER ARCADE was the first such structure built in the Western Hemisphere. Designed by Russell Warren and James Bucklin, the 145 thousand (1830) dollar complex was completed in 1828. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976. Photos from Library of Congress
WESTMINSTER ARCADE narrowly escaped demolition in 1944. It was given a 3 million dollar rehab in 1979-1980, but was shuttered in December 2008 for a renovation. This was finally completed in October 2013. Photo from Wikipedia / "Nutmegger"