She Lives In The Oldest Mall In America After All Abandoned Shops Are Transformed Into Tiny Homes
The Providence Arcade was built in 1828 and is currently the oldest US mall still in existence. The secret of its longevity is the ingenious way its owner kept it running when most of other malls failed.
When Evan Granoff bought the building it was considered one of the most endangered properties in the city. He realized the demand for commercial space will never match that for downtown housing, so he transformed his acquisition into an apartment building unlike any other. He converted upper floors to micro lofts, some as small as 225 square feet and rented them at fraction of the city’s average.