The Dayton Arcade is starting to look like its original 1904 self again after months of demolition work have stripped most of its commercial additions down to bare bones.
Alterations dating back to the 1960s and 1980, which gave the arcade a retro-shopping center kind of feel, have been removed, including the escalator, elevator and storefronts. Parts of the arcade already are showing signs of their original beauty, and developers promise the transformation will be increasingly hard to miss. The inside of the rotunda is much brighter because the glass in the iconic dome has been fully replaced. But also, the interior of the arcade has been gutted, meaning light from the storefronts on Main and Fourth streets also can be seen from deep inside the complex. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER