The Arcade, Cleveland (c. 1901).

More arcade fetishism courtesy of the Library of Congress photo archives. The black-and-white prints can be downloaded in enormous high-res versions if you’re as compelled as I am to scrutinise the details.


St. Hubert’s gallery, Brussels.


Colonial Arcade, Cleveland, Ohio (c. 1908).




The Arcade, Cleveland, Ohio (c. 1910–1920).

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12 thoughts on “Arcades”

  1. Yeah, that’s a good one. Always nice to find these places still active. Many of the ones I went looking for in Paris were either closed for the day or pretty empty. We have a couple here but they’re only small covered passages between streets.

  2. Nah, I just went to Flickr Commons to see what might be there.

    Coffee shops and expensive food shops seem to be the mandatory establishments of the contemporary arcade. I wonder if Walter Benjamin discussed the estaminet in The Arcades Project? I’ll have to look. Funny how arcades are such a bourgeois thing today, when they first opened in Paris they were rather disreputable on account of all the prostitutes who could trawl for trade whatever the weather.

  3. Nice perspectives. A famous french writer, none other than Louis-Ferdinand Céline, grew up in one of these parisian passages : passage Choiseul. And before him, there was also Alphonse Lemerre, publisher of fine poets (Baudelaire, Verlaine to name a few).

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