Sunday, June 04, 2006

Briarwood Mall

Ann Arbor, Michigan - circa early '80s

The beautifully designed terraced cieling, along with the lavender carpeting and multiple fountain arrangement, mixes to form quite the intoxicating retro mall coctail, don't you think? I could sure get drunk on it!

Mall history: 1973 - present
Current website: here
Current aerial view
Previous entries: 1


Anonymous Jfer said...

That's quite the plume of water shooting into the air! Must've been a big place back in its heyday.

Sun Jun 04, 09:21:00 AM  
Blogger BIGMallrat said...

Must have been a Taubman center at one time. It has the same floor as Stoneridge Mall in Pleasanton.

Sun Jun 04, 11:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Bobby said...

Briarwood was indeed a Taubman center; it got sold to Mills a couple years ago

Sun Jun 04, 02:24:00 PM  
Blogger Cora said...

Another one that looks like the set of a 1970s science fiction film.

I just love the look of these Taubman malls.

Sun Jun 04, 06:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Matt said...

Taubman malls definitly did look ahead of their time back then. The angles, the large courts / atriums, those fountains...ahh..I can just feel the mist on my back right now.

They designed Woodfield down in IL, and also had a hand in designing twin malls Northridge and Southridge in the Milwaukee WI area.

Mon Jun 05, 03:27:00 PM  
Blogger Steven Swain said...

Gotta love the Florsheim, which must have been in every mall center court in the '70s.

Thu Jun 08, 11:26:00 PM  
Blogger BIGMallrat said...

I just noticed the Hudson's around the left side.
What happened to Florsheim? There really was one in every mall (along with Radio Shack).

Fri Jun 09, 12:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For some reason the ceiling in this picture of this mall look very much like the ceilings at Woodfield. Are companies like Taubman known for doing distinctive things like this?

Fri Jun 23, 07:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Elizabeth Roberts said...

Nice looking interior!

Sun Jul 16, 09:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great sense of humor! I really enjoy reading your comments on the photos.

Tue Dec 12, 01:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Tom M. said...

Briarwood has always been a fairly upscale mall. Lord & Taylor was an anchor from the early 1980's to maybe 2000? It was replaced by Jacobson's and then Von Maur. The mall was a Taubman property until 2004.

Mon Jul 06, 04:34:00 PM  
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