Tacoma, Washington - late '60s or early '70s
Happy Monday everyone! And how's this shot to start the vintage mall week off here? Nice, huh? Man, Tacoma Mall was a pretty cool mall in its early years. Every vintage shot I see of it I love! What style!
This photo obviously has a lot going for it. I dig the creamy color scheme, the majestic columns, the lighting, the two kids in the foreground (the smaller tyke having fun with a balloon), and also that great looking tiered fountain layout! Wow. Actually, this shot sort of puts me in mind of that incredible Palm Beach Mall photo I posted a while back, too. Same vibe.
Really interesting to see those awesome gothic columns that actually start at the main entrance (as seen in my previous Tacoma entry), extending on into the mall itself like this. Nice integrated design theme! As MOA reader, Tyler Kaye (who also submitted this great photo, that I once again thank him immensely for!), notes in the comments of the above-mentioned Tacoma entry, the mall's distinctive main entrance (still there today) was being referred to at the time by local media, as the "Columnarium". I think that has a nice ring to it. (See those comments for more on the entrance and these columns.)
Mall history: 1964 - present
Architect: John Graham
Current website: here
Current aerial view
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