Merchandising meccas and other commercial curiosities. Our exhibits range from the early 20th to early 21st centuries.
Entertainment legend Phyllis Diller (1917-2012) officiated at the dedication of ARCADE SQUARE, held in May 1980. The turn-of-the-century complex had been renovated into an inner-city shopping and dining venue. Photo from Wikipedia / Allen Warren
This photo I actually took myself! It is a circa-1983 view of the great Rotunda at ARCADE SQUARE, showing its three levels and glass-enclosed elevator. The first two floors were dedicated to retail and restaurants. The third, comprised of office spaces, was cleared of tenants in 1977 and never reoccupied.