Must-See: Oldest Mall in America Hosts 48 Low-Cost Micro-Apartments

We want one unit too!


Historical buildings and landmarks are found all over our country and while some were preserved, there are many that were demolished or left damaged. How I wish we were able to breathe new life into these structures!

One good example of adaptive reuse, or the process of reusing an old building for a purpose other than which it was built for, is the transformation of Arcade Providence into a site for micro-loft living. According to an article published by Inhabitat, "the mall was built in 1828 in the Greek Revival Style and is known for its spacious atrium, iconic columns, and stately appearance."

Here are more interesting facts about this inspiring project:

When the mall closed down in 2008, developer and micro-housing enthusiast Evan Granoff purchased the mall with plans to preserve its design while renovating the space. The $7 million project resulted into a mixed-use building with shops and micro-apartments.

The apartments are well-furnished with a bathroom, a bedroom, and a kitchen with a refrigerator, dishwasher, and microwave, to name a few. Most of the living spaces are one-bedroom units that measure around 225 to 450 square feet. Aside from the one-bedroom options, there are also two-bedroom and three-bedroom units available.

The extra bonus? There are common areas like game room, laundry facilities, and parking. We surely can live comfortably in the building! To learn more about this project, visit Inhabitat and Take Part.

All photos are from Inhabitat and Northeast Collaborative Architects.

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