Saturday, April 15, 2006

SouthPark Mall

Charlotte, North Carolina - 1976

Absolutely stunning interior view of a fountain in SouthPark Mall! What a work of art. Actually, this fountain kind of reminds me of the one from Winter Park Mall. This is a slimmer version.

History: 1970 - present
Current website: Here.

[image courtesy of the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room – Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County]


Blogger Steven Swain said...

I don't say this often enough, but THANK YOU Keith. You would not believe how much unearthing this picture of old SouthPark means to me.

See, I never had a chance to go to this mall until 1992, and by then the fountain and the court around it had been substantially changed. In 2002-3 it was changed again, with barely a resemblence to the original.

I never knew what the Founttain Court looked like originally...until now. Thank you again.

I'm going to use that picture in an evolution of the SouthPark fountain post on LiveMalls.

Sun Apr 16, 05:36:00 PM  
Blogger Cora said...

Great geometric arrangement.

Sun Apr 16, 06:59:00 PM  
Blogger cant_not said...

I just can't express as to how amazing it is that you've find this. I've never seen this fountain (or a lot of old SouthPark interior for that matter).. and I am a *huge* SouthPark fan.

Thank You So Much for finding and posting this Keith!

Sun Apr 16, 08:54:00 PM  
Blogger Steven Swain said...

OK, I got my tribute together:

Sun Apr 16, 10:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Matt in CLT said...

Love the picture. You know, the first time I went to SouthPark (circa 2005), I could instantly tell that it was a 70s-style mall. I think the giveaway was the columns, which still look...tall and 70s-like. That fountain picture reminds me of (don't laugh too hard) Cinderella City -- not because of the fountain or the size of the court, but because of the framing of the fountain in the rectangular space by those 70s-style columns.


Sun Apr 16, 10:31:00 PM  
Blogger Cora said...

Can I just add that it's very funny that there is a county in Carolina called Mecklenburg, which also happens to be the name of one of the German states. Probably some of the original settlers hailed from there.

Mon Apr 17, 06:41:00 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

Steven: Thanks, and I'm really glad this photo meant so much to you! very cool. :D And your SouthPark tribute is great! Good work, and I appreciate the links to MOA.

Cora: Yes! That really struck me, too, right off. Stunning.

cant_not: Glad you dug it, too, and your Grocerying blog is looking cool so far, btw.

Matt: No, I totally hear you on the Cinderella City thing! Good point.

Mon Apr 17, 06:57:00 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

Interesting point on the Mecklenburg thing, Cora! Never noticed that. :D

Maybe some of them came here to Michigan, and founded Frankenmuth! Or vice versa.

Mon Apr 17, 07:07:00 PM  
Blogger todd said...

Thanks for the great photos and the link to the Live Mall site's been about 10 years since I was at SouthPark and I know it has changed dranmatically with the renovation/expansion of Nordstrom and the soon-to-be Neiman Marcus. Sears was there when I visited (now gone and replaced by Dick's , but was Gaylan's originally).

I can remember when I'd go there (maybe 20 years ago) and there was still Ivey's (now Dillard's) and Thalhimer's (now Hecht's and now Macy's). It has always been "the place to be" in Charlotte.

There was great hope in the past that Saks was coming there, but some problems with zoning and neighbors stopped all that.

Tue Apr 18, 06:29:00 AM  
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