Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Chris-Town Mall

Phoenix, Arizona - 196o's

Nice exterior shots of Chris-Town Mall in its sun-washed glory days! There's a ubiquitous Walgreens on the right in the top photo, and it looks like a shoe store to its left, I think.


Anonymous Matt said...

This design for Chris-town Mall begs a question, and a fair one.

By the looks of the building, these stores that have signage up on the facade of the canopy...if those stores have exterior entrances. (For a fact, I KNOW Walgreens had one 99% of the time in any mall they resided in) begs me to wonder and ask. "Why don't they build these so-called 'big box' malls like this?"

Scatter the big shops around either as anchors or large specialty stores, and then sprinkle apparel and what not around them, enclosing the place?

Just a thought, perhaps a wild dream.

In any case, this is a nice pic. Typical mall design of the era, but classic.

Sun Jan 15, 04:25:00 AM  
Blogger Mitch Glaser said...

Matt, most of the stores at Chris-Town had (and still have) exterior entrances.

It's quite ironic that Chris-Town has become precisely the kind of "big box" mall you're describing! The Broadway is now a Wal-Mart Supercenter, Penney's is now a Costco, and Ward's is now a Petsmart! It's not a wild's Phoenix Spectrum Mall, formerly known as Chris-Town!

The design of this mall does deem it a classic.

Tue Jan 17, 10:34:00 PM  
Blogger Chris Sobieniak said...

Makes me wish they did that for Northtowne Square here in Toledo. Rather go to a place that has Best Buy, Kroger and other stores linked together that you can still enter inside the mall for smaller shops anyway.

Lately a new trend that has taken foot has been what is called "lifestyle centers", where everythign is all open-air and has to represent that nostalgic small-town feel you don't get anymore in today's world. One has been built down in Perrysburg called "Levis Commons", haven't been there yet, but hope to go oen of these days.

Sat Jan 21, 11:55:00 PM  
Blogger nextcommercial said...

This is my home town. I loved Chris Town in the 70s. It's not even safe to go down there, now though.

Thu Mar 02, 02:39:00 PM  
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