Thursday, August 17, 2006

The Arcade Shopping Mall

Nashville, Tennessee - circa 1970s

Opening in 1903(!), the enclosed two-story Nashville Arcade, inspired by the Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele in Milan, Italy, is truly one of the nation's very first indoor shopping malls if ever there was one! And not much has changed there over the many years. Postcards and photos that date from its opening days and on into the '20s and '30s, all still pretty much look the same as this photo here.
"The Arcade is one of the oldest shopping arcades in the country and smells of roasted peanuts the minute you walk through the door"

"Inner city under glass — The Arcade is a two-story shopping area with a glass roof between Fourth and Fifth Avenues near Printers Alley. It's been around since 1903, and it has a shadowy inner-city feel that sometimes has you clutching your wallet. But it does offer a real taste of the city." --USA Today
History: 1903 - present
Developer: Daniel C. Buntin
Current website: n/a
Current aerial view
Previous entries: none


Anonymous didi said...

I recently traveled to Europe along the Adriatic Sea and a lot of the ancient cities are shopping places that look alot like this.

Thu Aug 17, 11:23:00 AM  
Blogger Cora said...

There are quite a lot of 19th century shopping arcades to be found in various European cities. The Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele is probably the most famous and one of the most beautiful buildings ever designed for shopping. Then there is Burlington Arcade in London, Mädler Passage in Leipzig (which also contains the famous Auerbach cellar) and the Galerie St. Hubert in Brussels, which opened in 1847. And these are just the ones I've personally visited.

I do recall seeing a 19th century style arcade in Rhode Island once, but I didn't know that there were any others in the US.

Thu Aug 17, 05:28:00 PM  
Blogger BIGMallrat said...

Don't forget the Crocker Galleria in San Francisco.

Fri Aug 18, 03:05:00 PM  
Blogger BIGMallrat said...

sorry, I meant Crocker Galleria

Fri Aug 18, 03:07:00 PM  

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