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Among the first (and still among the Grandest) of Malls


In the year 1890, for a little less than $900,000, three industrialists, including John D Rockefeller, built the "Arcade" in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. 

The design was borrowed, in part, from a structure in Milan, Italy, and features two 9 story towers connected by a 5 story  metal and glass atrium.


The arcade was placed on the national register of historic places in 1975.

Today, the complex houses a hotel, upscale shops and a food court.

From the Fading Mall Memories Department ...


This Mall "Anchor" Store was designed to look like a cross between the stack on an Atomic Power plant and the grill on a 1940's Buick.  The store is now out of business, the parking lot is empty and shoppers have gone elsewhere !

Some weeds at the edge of the parking lot are the only company for this once busy theater complex (at the same mall as the empty store to the left).


Let's talk BIG for a moment...


Just a hop, skip and jump from the Minneapolis, Saint Paul Airport is the “Mall of America”.  The place has over 4 million square feet of mall space.

The King of Prussia Mall, in  Philadelphia, is larger, by about 100,000 sq ft, than the Mall of America.  The King of Prussia Mall is actually three adjacent malls tied together by walkways.

   In redefining the word "excessive", the "Mall of America" has over 500 stores, a wedding chapel, an indoor amusement park, an aquarium and (no kidding) a college campus. The Edmonton Mall is the home to over 800 stores, restaurants, attractions and services and is located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  It includes "Europa Boulevard" a 5 story, indoor, European style streetscape.  
Can you say "UPSCALE" ?

SouthPark Mall

in Charlotte, North Carolina, touts a Neiman Marcus store, a Nordstroms, a Crate & Barrel, MaxAzria, a Tiffany's and a host of others, all too expensive to mention.


More History of Malls


 The first Shopping Center designed to include outdoor parking for automobiles was built in Lake Forest, Illinois in 1916.

The first Mall in the United States was built on the outskirts of Kansas City, Missouri, in 1922.

The first modern enclosed Mall in the U.S. was built in Edina, Minnesota, in 1956.

The first "Department Store" started as a "ladies notions shop" in New York City.  The store then evolved into Bloomingdales when its founders opened what they called their "East Side Bazaar", also in New York City, in 1872.

 The first truly large scale department store was the six story "Grand Depot"  which opened for business in Philadelphia in 1877.


Featured Mall Cams:



Seaway Mall

Welland, Ontario, Canada


Outdoor Mall Cam:

Boulder, Colorado




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