Providence Place

Coordinates: 41°49′40.58″N 71°24′59.24″W / 41.8279389°N 71.4164556°W / 41.8279389; -71.4164556

Providence Place

Providence Place with Omni Providence Hotel at far left in the background.
Location Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Address One Providence Place
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
Opening date August 20, 1999
Owner General Growth Properties
No. of stores and services 160
No. of anchor tenants 2 (Macy's and Nordstrom)
Total retail floor area 1,400,000 sq ft (130,000 m2)
No. of floors 3

Providence Place is an urban shopping mall in the central part of Providence, Rhode Island. Opened on August 20, 1999, it is located near the Rhode Island State House and Providence Station. It is the largest shopping mall in Rhode Island. It comprises three main floors and is connected to the nearby Omni Providence Hotel (which is adjacent to the Rhode Island Convention Center) via skyway. It also features several streetside restaurants.

The 1.4 million ft² (130,000 m²) facility was constructed in 1999 at a cost of $460 million. The mall is situated near the interchange of I-95, I-195, U.S. 1 and U.S. 6. The mall is anchored by Nordstrom and Macy's.


The design of the mall was partly done by the architect Friedrich St. Florian.[1] He also built the skybridge that connected the mall with the Omni Hotel (formerly the Westin Hotel).

In total, Providence Place consists of fifteen levels. The lowest three are labeled C-A. Level C consists of Parking-Only Stateside, and Street Level Restaurants Cityside. There is also a level D on the Stateside garage. Level B consists of DSW shoes and Restaurants, Old Navy stateside, Bed Bath & Beyond cityside and The Skybrige to the Westin. Level A consists of parking only, both cityside and stateside. Cityside is the mall's southern end, facing Downtown. Stateside is the mall's northern end, facing state office buildings including the State Capitol.

The fifth through ninth levels are labeled 1, 1M, 2, 2M and 3, which features the indoor galleria. There is a Dave & Buster's, an IMAX theatre, and a 16-screen cinema on the seventh level. The mall also hosts two large parking garages, one cityside and the other stateside, anchored to its back end. Bridges connect the two sides over the Woonasquatucket River.

The mall's Winter Garden is a noticeable architectural feature. The four-level structure in the center of the mall spans the Woonasquatucket River and Amtrak's Northeast Corridor line. The area features large expanses of glass providing views of the city. The third level of the Winter Garden contains the food court and access to its fourth level, serving as the entrance to Dave and Buster's, the IMAX theater, and the cinema. Although not directly connected to the mall, Amtrak's Providence Station is located approximately 200 yards east of the mall, providing Acela Express and Northeast Regional service to Boston, New York City, and Washington, D.C..

Unauthorized residence

Michael Townsend, Adriana Yoto and six other artists covertly built an apartment in a 750-square-foot (70 m2) loft in one of the mall's parking garages in 2004 and lived there for up to three weeks at a time while documenting mall life. After the fully furnished apartment was discovered by mall security, Townsend was sentenced to probation on October 2, 2007.[2][3][4]


Store[5] Size Opened Previous stores Notes
Macy's 200,000 sq ft (19,000 m2) 2006 Filene's (1999–2006)
Nordstrom 197,000 sq ft (18,300 m2) 1999 N/A
116,691 sq ft (10,840.9 m2) Lord & Taylor (1999–2005)
JCPenney (2005–15)



  2. "Artist gets probation for building secret mall apartment". Associated Press. 2007-10-02. Archived from the original on October 8, 2007.
  3. "Living in the Mall". Archived from the original on 10 January 2008.
  4. Smith, Gregory; Philip Marcelo (2007-10-03). "1 room, no view". Providence Journal. Archived from the original on October 5, 2007.
  5. "Site Plan" (PDF). General Growth Properties. Retrieved 2013-02-23.

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