America’s Oldest Mall Is Converted Into Tiny Homes

America’s oldest indoor shopping mall has been completely re-created since it was first built in 1828. Its three storeys were once a haven for retail therapy, but the mall was closed in 2008. Since 2008, the building, was named The Arcade. Evan Granoff brought the building and has recently converted it into 48 stylish micro condos!

The historic building’s ground floor in Providence, facilitates a few small retail spaces for convenience. Shops have a cafe, pizzeria, international foods, a craft beer bar, vintage clothing stores, a book emporium, and two salons. The second and third floors have been completely renovated to create micro lofts. There are sleeping and living spaces, a compact bathroom and a pantry in each floor.

Due to zoning regulations, none of the micro lofts are equipped with a stove.

Many fortunate inhabitants of these super cute living spaces travel frequently for work and only need a simple space to unwind. It’s a modern and environmentally friendly solution that works for independent people.

One woman who was completing her medical fellowship while living in The Arcade, said that the mall has in it all you need.

The lofts are furnished with space-saving magic tricks, each approximately 225 squared feet in total, with other larger units available at about 400 squared feet.

Sliding drawers are built right into the bed frame, and a stand-up shower is tucked nicely into the corner of the en suite bathroom. In order to save closet space, one resident recommends sticking to slim clothes hangers, which maximize space.

The larger 400-800 squared feet units have enough space for a personal washer and dryer.

Each apartment has impressive large windows, which open out into the center of The Arcade, and let in natural light.

The sense of security living in the micro lofts is appreciated by one female resident. This resident is new in the city and she feels at home because there are friendly neighbours who can look out for each other. The building is also equipped with security features like cameras and access fobs, and the ground-floor shops are closed to the public in the evenings.

On their website, The Arcade Providence states: “The micro-lofts at the arcade providence offer residents 48 small, attractive living spaces in the center of downtown. Our efficiently designed lofts provide a unique opportunity to live in a thriving urban environment. Most of our lofts are studios and one bedroom. There is one 2-bedroom loft and one 3-bedroom loft.”

You can apply to be on the waiting list for a rental unit here.

We’re happy to have small homes in action. With the benefits of living simply and producing less waste everybody wins!