Friday, July 28, 2006

Mayfield Mall


Mountain View, California - circa 1966

This groovy photo speaks for itself! The quintessential looking swinging sixties mall, complete with funky flower pattern hangings, and wall-to-wall carpeting (which this mall had). I only wish this shot was in color! (image courtesy of the Mountain View Preservation Alliance)

According to the MVPA:
"The Mall was shut down in 1984 after owners felt it could not compete with newer or expanding malls like Vallco and San Antonio Center. The building was converted into an HP office building. HP is vacating the building in the near future, and the future development of the property has yet to be determined."
Obviously there's no official website for Mayfield Mall (Northern California's first fully enclosed, climate-controlled mall) since it's long gone, but a quick search found some good background info on this cool page, among a few others, if you're interested.

History: 1960s - 1984 (dead)
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26 Comments:

Blogger BIGMallrat said...

Mountain View used to have three malls, all in a row. Mayfield, The Old Mill, and San Antonio Center. The only place left to shop, and not a mall anymore, is San Antonio.
Mayfair had JC Penney and cool roof-top parking. Penney's eventually moved to Sunnyvale Town Center and the owner of the mall thought it wouldn't survive (it was really small). Probably a wise decision. They closed it and sold the building to HP. Little has changed of the outside. You can drive around the parking lot and imagine what it was like. Now, though, high-density housing will be built on the site and there were be no indication a mall ever existed.
Check out the aerial at here

Fri Jul 28, 03:07:00 PM  
Blogger Cora said...

I love those groovy hangings. A nice contrast to the decidedly unswinging patrons.

Fri Jul 28, 05:56:00 PM  
Anonymous tkaye said...

Wall-to-wall carpet in a mall? I bet that was hard to keep clean! I can see the Orange Julius stains now...

Sat Jul 29, 01:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

What a small mall. Jesus. It was about the size of The Quad in Whittier (which closed after the 1994 Northridge quake - only the hinshaws store was left).

Sat Jul 29, 04:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Tawny Boots said...

Jeff you said Hinshaw's! I loved that store because it was so dang old fashioned. In the 80's it was my idea of a 60's store because it never seemed to have been updated. They had another location in Santa Anita near the Santa Anita Mall (but not in it)

Fri Aug 04, 06:43:00 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

I'm so happy to see the Mall of my childhood represented here! It was a small mall but it had lots of charm. I imagine the carpets, which were laid out in large stripes could be replaced easier than one huge wall to wall carpet. Lots of cheary banners such as large strawberries or daisies hung from the fairly crude ceiling. JC Penney was the anchor store with lots of specialty boutique stores. There was a Woolworth with U shaped bar seating counters so the people sat all around as the waitress walked within the U shape.

Mon Aug 07, 01:27:00 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Another bit of info on this sorely missed mall, the stairs that you see do not lead to more stores, the level you see in this photo is the second level atrium. Mayfield Mall was like a cavern that you walked into by way of oversized dark wooden doors that lead you to the temperature controlled fully carpeted hallway of outdoor styled shops. The escalators shown lead to rooftop parking by a ramp that still stands today. JC Penney was on the opposite side of this atrium and had it's lower level main entrance and side entrance near costomer pickup. Ecalators in the middle the lower level which consisted of furniture, kitchen ware and toys took you up to the second level to clothing, shoes and music with a large entrance to the second level shops. The lower level also included a separate Cost Plus entrance that lead to a small inner hall of shops, a beauty salon, a dinner and organ/paino retailer to name a few.

Mon Aug 07, 10:53:00 PM  
Anonymous darron said...

Thanks for posting this - I was having mysterious "Mayfield Mall Flashbacks" but couldn't remember the name. Matt is correct about the escalator up going to only the roof-top parking. It was an oddly layed out place, but quite as organic as its neighbor, The Old Mill.

Wed Oct 11, 04:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In 1966, a carpeted indoor mall was really a new concept. Mayfield Mall was especially cool because you could park on the roof and enter from the top by escalator. I believe that was the only indoor mall in the Santa Clara Valley, until Eastridge Mall came along in 1971.

-Mike Carroll

Mon Mar 12, 10:30:00 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

Wow, what memories. I remember running though this place as a kid, jumping the upholstered vinyl benches as if they were hurdles. The fun ended when I landed on a big ceramic sand-filled ashtray...crack!

Thu Oct 25, 10:42:00 PM  
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Thu Oct 25, 10:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the shops also incudes a pet store that had Aligators , and a arcade next to cost plus. Our Model airplane club held a indoor display with flying in the parking lot before it closed .I too remember the giant wood doors . and the candy shop in the middle of the floor , My mom worked as a waitress in woolworth .

Fri Feb 22, 02:23:00 AM  
Blogger jayd jones said...

My dad was one of the Architects who designed the Mayfield Mall. He was given one of the Iron Butterflies from the huge sculpture that hung from the ceiling. I still have it! I loved going there as a kid. :-)

Thu Sep 09, 08:12:00 PM  
Blogger jayd jones said...

My dad was one of the Architects who designed the Mayfield Mall. He was given one of the Iron Butterflies from the huge sculpture that hung from the ceiling. I still have it! I loved going there as a kid. :-)

Thu Sep 09, 08:13:00 PM  
Blogger diablito said...

Man, I used to LOVE going to this mall as a kid. We always got our new shoes there and would test them out running down the carpet stripes or trying to jump across them.

Wed Sep 22, 04:32:00 PM  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went there all the time when I was a kid. There was Foxmoors, Joseph Magnin, Leeds Shoe store, and I remember they use to have live model manequins standing in the stores, and we would stare at them, to see when they would blink, they just stood still not moving. It was actually kind of weird, but very cool. I miss it alot.

Mon Nov 01, 11:38:00 PM  
Blogger Definitive Photography said...

I remember this mall. My folks used to take me there for shoes because there was this one sales person in the Penny's shoe department that mom and dad thought was some kind of shoe expert for kids. And the parking on the roof and you took the escalator down through the roof into the mall. Wow, that was a long time ago.

Tue Nov 08, 03:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I moved to Mt View in 1970, lived on California Street, my wife and I would walk to the mall.

I still miss that mall years later, and my Mom now 86 speaks of it a lot.

It was a workable size and had some great shops. My wife and I shopped there for years even after we moved away from Mt View.


It was just a nice place to be.

Mon Jun 04, 04:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember the layout of JC Penney. The bottom floor, where you entered from the main side, going clockwise was sporting goods, toys, hardware/paint, appliances, home electronics, package pick up/customer service, furniture and lighting, linens, draperies, houseware items.

The second level as you enter from the upper parking lot clockwise, mens suits/formal wear, boys apperal, infant clothing and nursery furntiure, the elevator, girls and womans apperal, cosmetics and perfume, mens and womans shoes. Now in the central isle is where they sold photographic equipment and I think records and tapes.

I remember eating in the JC Penney diner which was next to a beauty shop. You could always hear booming organ music coming from the piano/organ shop three shops down. I always hated the sound of those organs.

I remember as a very young child a psychedelic shop that was upsatirs (the first shop on the left after you exited Penney's) I believe called Steve's. There were blacklight lit posters, revolving psychedelic lamps, etc, and to a four year old it was intriguing to look at the wild colors.

I also remember Kelly's which was a nice place to eat. I remember it being next door to Smith's mens wear.

Anyone remember Kinney's Shoe store with the big revolving turn table out front with all of the latest shoe styles displayed?

And Woolworth's had those giant dark brown NCR cash registers with multiple drawers. I was so facinated with those machines.

There was also a candy stand on the second floor called Century Candy.

I remember the unusual, large, plexi glass bubble shaped windows on the front of the Singer sewing machine store.

There was another shop called Hearts. I don't remember what they sold though.

There was also a record shop/music store that sold guitars hanging from the ceiling. I always thought that it looked so strange (to a childs eye) to see all of those guitars hanging from racks on the ceiling.

So sad to have seen this great center close down.

Mon Jul 09, 05:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would come here a lot to hang out with friends...We would go to Musicland and Steve's. We would eat at Woolworths. I remember popcorn and cotton candy being served there as well. It was a great place for kids to roam around...

Tue Aug 07, 08:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cost Plus was a window to another world!!!

Sun Mar 03, 09:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The date on the photo is a mistake - Mayfield Mall opened in the Fall of 1967; they featured hot air balloon rides on opening day. The site of the mall and the housing tracts just to the southeast of it were up until about 1956, broccoli and cauliflower fields.

Fri Jul 17, 12:55:00 AM  
Blogger ursusarticus said...

As a child of the '60's and '70's I grew up in this mall. My mom worked at Penny's while getting her nursing degree at DeAnza college in the late 70's I fondly remember every year or so going to "the boottery" to get those awful heavy shoes because a quack pediatrician convinced my mom that I'd never be able to wear normal shoes. I used to love going to the exhibitions that the mall hosted every so often. Across the Cal-train tracks was "the old mill" a rather interesting mall that housed a multi screen theater and a radio station(KPEN) I got my first 35mm camera at the "crick" in the Old Mill as my high school graduation gift from my parents. Those were many good years in the area before the tech industry ruined the place with their sprawl. My father was a long time employee of Lockheed Missiles & Space Company until his death in '89. Yes those were good years people.

Tue Aug 11, 03:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Name is Steve Markovits. Steven's Toys was named in my special honor. I am the son of Stan and Jeanne Markovits, who owned the store on the main level of the Mayfield Mall, just next door to JC Penny. I actually managed the store after my parents built a home in Guadalajara, Mexico, where they retired and lived for about 20 years. Steven's later changed it's retail format, from toys to anything and everything for your walls…Burl Clocks, hanging signs, prints, framed photography, posters, backlights, paraphernalia , mobiles, mirrors, decorative items. The Mayfield Mall unfortunately was just too small…We didn't have any large pull from a major retailer…JC Penny was the biggest store. You couldn't hope to compete with Stanford Shopping Center, Eastridge Mall, and Vallco Mall, which all later, became part of the equation. I'm now retired after spending most of my retail experience in retail management. I now live on the Central Coast. If you have any interest in saying hello, or perhaps remember me, from years past, please feel free to drop a note. My Email: sjaymarko@charter.net Please indicate in Subject: MAYFIELD MALL What a kick finding this site. November 28, 2015

Sun Nov 29, 02:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have tremendously fond memories of Mayfield Mall. My parents purchased a brand new Gulbransen organ from the merchant who sold pianos and organs on the first floor nextdoor to the pet shop. I can remember how the sound of pianos and organs would reverberate throughout the entire first floor of the mall. Wow, that was so cool! My parents and their beloved organ are long gone but the memories will last as long as I do!

Fri Feb 12, 11:51:00 PM  

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