Check Out These Tiny Apartments in America’s Oldest Mall!

Image: Northeast Collaborative Architects

While I’ve seen the Windsor Park Mall in San Antonio, Texas thrive, then die, and then become the current San Antonio headquarters for Rackspace, this method of retrofitting a former mall into an micro-apartment complex (in which the units range from 225 to 800 sq. ft.) is very interesting! These are the Arcade Microlofts in Providence, Rhode Island. The original Arcade shopping center played a huge role in the history of shopping in America, as it was built in the 1820s, back when the idea of a series of shops inside the same enclosed building was a novelty. Instead of a main street lined with several independent stores, the Arcade offered shopping as a form of entertainment rather than a chore.  In the luxurious Arcade, filled with lovely wrought iron balconies and a hulking neoclassical facade, you were sheltered from weather, pollution, and the outside world, much like how today’s malls are. Continue reading “Check Out These Tiny Apartments in America’s Oldest Mall!”