1920 - Construction Begins
By 1915, E.W. Grove had completed the Grove Park Inn and became involved in other civic projects. Grove understood that a successful city needed a vibrant downtown.
In the early 1920s, he began plans to construct a new building to enliven the downtown of the city he had come to love. He conceived of Grove Arcade as “the most elegant building in America”—and as a new kind of retail center. Architect Charles N. Parker designed the Arcade, which was originally envisioned as a five-story base with a 14-story tower, filled with shops, offices and living spaces.