The first phase in the historic rehabilitation of Dayton, Ohio’s world renown The Arcade is nearly complete. The newly designated South Arcade portion of the landmark, which was built between 1902 and 1904, will open to the public in 2021. The building already has about a half dozen business tenants, and events are being booked for the main spaces.
As a longtime wonder throughout the Midwest, The Arcade has remained a treasure to Dayton residents with ties to the area. It is a collection of five historical, architecturally stunning buildings located downtown, in the heart of the city’s central business district. The buildings are interconnected and topped at their meeting point by a magnificent, glass-domed rotunda.
Originally the buildings’ spaces were home to a major food market with other retail, offices and housing located on the upper floors. For the first 40 years of its opening, the complex was one of Downtown Dayton’s main attractions and one of the region’s most popular destinations.
Sadly, as the city of Dayton entered a period of decline in the 1970s, The Arcade fell an economic victim, in the same ways many downtown businesses did at that time. In 1990 the doors to The Arcade closed, and for the next 25 years it went unmaintained and, as a result, experienced significant damage to its structure. Now—thanks in large part to an investment by the University of Dayton, who has opened a business and career incubator in the complex—the splendor of Dayton’s most cherished architectural marvel will once again be available for all to experience.
Among the new tenants of the reclaimed urban epicenter, is an established Dayton business who has embodied a phoenix story of its own. In July of 2020 the owners of Dayton beer scene staple Crafted & Cured announced they had permanently closed their downtown craft beer bar and retail store. It was later confirmed that four-year-old Dayton business will be a first-floor anchor in the retail area of the revitalized arcade building. Joining Crafted & Cured to help keep thirsty visitors’ taste buds dry-hopped is another key member of Dayton’s strong beer community, downtown restaurant Mudlick Tap House.
Recently an aerial video of The Arcade popped up on YouTube. Since this blog has an appreciation and a penchant for drone filming, we’d thought we’d share it here.