Paris, France: First large scale mixed use speculative venture in Paris developed by the Duke of Orleans between 1782 and 1784. The arcade feature, patterned after the Place des Vosges, linked under cover nearly 1800 feet of shop frontages. Columns are approximately 8.66 feet on center with arched openings which vary (unintentionally) between 6.25 and 6.5 feet clear. Access to the surrounding community was poor because of the excessive unbroken length, but today it forms a tranquil island within a congested international capital.
Credits: Russell Bloodworth