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Old 08-13-2009, 08:21 PM
Location: Dayton, OH
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More for locals familiar with the building or who have heard of it, here is a series of posts I did a few years ago on the Dayton Arcade, a complex of buildings that covers two thirds of a city block in the heart of downtown. As a warning These posts are pretty heavy with pix, graphics, graphs, and diagrams.

In some ways the Arcade is emblematic of the ups and downs of 20th century Dayton. A number of local notables had connections with it, including the TV & movie star Martin Sheen, who worked there when young. He named a character in the West Wing after his boss.

To start, the Arcade block before the Arcade:

Prehistory: The Arcade Block in the 19th Century

Then comes the Arcade itself, which is really and arcade + market + a lot of other things. Beginning with a look at markets in Dayton:
Building, owning and occupying the Arcade

The next two are as much about "the art of the deal" as about the building, since there is a focuses on financing, who the players were, and how things went wrong starting with renovation attempt of the mid 1970s.

The Arcade underwent a failed revival in the late 1970s & early 1980s. This is probably what most people remember about the place:
Arcade renovation & bankruptcy

And then life after bankruptcy, which includes the food court conversion, closure and the long period in mothballs. This ends in 2007, before the recent purchase.
The Arcade after Bankruptcy
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