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Published: Thursday, May 03, 2018 @ 2:00 PM
— The Dayton Arcade, closed since the early 1990s, will open again for the public Saturday during the Downtown Housing Tour.
The tour, sponsored by the Downtown Dayton Partnership, will give visitors a glimpse at plans for the Arcade’s redevelopment.
5 THINGS TO SEE ON DAYTON ARCADE TOUR
1. The centerpiece. Visitors will tour the Arcade rotunda, the centerpiece of the structure. The three-story dome is 90 feet in diameter by 70-feet high and is supported by 16 bays of iron pillars with semi-circular and semi-elliptical arches that spanned the original indoor market.
2. Oak leaves and acorns. Keep an eye out for the colorful turkeys with crested tails and brackets detailed with oak leaves and acorns made out of sheet metal encircling the rotunda.
3. Stylish facade. A grand three and a half story Flemish style facade signifies the main entrance on Third Street. Stone corbels, carved lion heads and the mask of a Dutch girl in the keystone position over the entrance are among the architectural details tucked among the turreted four story projected windows overlooking Courthouse Square.
4. Time travel. Use your imagination and envision 200 vendor stalls under the glass dome in the early 1900s. Exotic Jamaica bananas, Messina lemons as well as parakeets and canaries were sold along-side coffee, pies, breads and ice cream.
5. A giant building. The Dayton Arcade is a complex, so says the National Register of Historic Places Inventory- Nomination Form. The form lists two distinct buildings: the Fourth Street Arcade Building, where visitors will enter Saturday, and the Third Street Arcade. Make sure to stroll around the complex and find the sleeping giant sprawled along Third Street.