Malls, Malls, Malls

Southdale Mall

For all of you about to get your Black Friday Freak on, I thought a tribute to America’s first-ever fully enclosed mall would be fitting. Southdale Shopping Center opened in Edina, Minnesota in 1956. It was designed by Victor Gruen & Associates and set the standard for shopping mall design for decades to come. Southdale has changed a lot since the ’50s but is still representative of the shift from main street commercial blocks and downtown department stores to suburban shopping centers.
(Its interesting to note that the mall was commissioned by the Dayton family, pretty much Minnesota’s retail royalty. What began in 1902 as the Dayton Dry Goods Company later became Dayton-Hudson Corporation…today you know it as your friendly neighborhood Target Corp.)

Kate Scott
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Kate is working to survey historic properties in Indiana and serves as our stalwart Communications Committee Chair. She works on advocacy and non-profit preservation projects whenever possible and moonlights as an architectural photographer.

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