Thursday, July 27, 2006

Tacoma Mall

Tacoma, Washington - circa 1960s

The Bon Marché anchor at Tacoma Mall, looks very regal and classy here. I always liked the flags on top of these stores, too. Nice touch. Many thanks to Tyler Kaye, for this great photo! He added some helpful info, too:
"The Bon Marche opened in August 1964 before the rest of the mall was built. J.C. Penney and the main concourse opened in October 1965, and Nordstrom-Best opened in 1966. That was Phase One. Liberty House (later Frederick & Nelson and now Mervyn's) and a west wing was added in 1973. Sears and the northeast wing came in 1981. Nordstrom expanded in 1983.

A significant remodel came in 2000, which added a food court. More changes will come next February when Mervyn's goes out of business and their store will be demolished to make way for a new Nordstrom. The very dated current Nordstrom will be torn down for an outdoor lifestyle center--BOO!"
Boo, indeed. :(

(Ugh, Blogger's giving me all kinds of trouble (and errors) trying to post this! Hope it gets through OK.)

Mall history: 1964 - present
Architect: John Graham
Current website: here
Current aerial view
Previous entries: 1, 2


Blogger Cora said...

Interesting exterior design, though I prefer the glass-fronted Bon Marché store you had in an entry some time ago.

Thu Jul 27, 05:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

From the looks of it, the classic entry colums from the mall will be history. someone needs to get current pictures of it.

Thu Jul 27, 07:24:00 PM  
Blogger Steven Swain said...

That's one swanky looking Bon. I love it.

Thu Jul 27, 08:22:00 PM  
Anonymous tkaye said...

If you look at the map of the mall from the Seattle P-I story, the columns aren't in the construction zone. For those who aren't familiar with the mall, the anchor with "TACO" over the top of it is Macy's (formerly The Bon). The mall concourse directly in front of and the mall entrance are where the columns are. Taking the columns down would be well-nigh impossible unless that whole part of the concourse was to be demolished. Not going to happen... it's completely rented out.

From the looks of the map, none of the interior mall space will be lost. (Considering that the mall has a very low vacancy rate, I can see why.) The part of Phase III that intrudes into the mall is part of Nordstrom. I would imagine that Nordstrom will be converted into both in-line mall space and outward-facing lifestyle center space. Phase I is entirely an expansion onto the existing building. (On the exterior facade of the food court, there's a very, very faint Lucky labelscar dating from the days when the mall had a supermarket. It will definitely be gone.)

Fri Jul 28, 12:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I support the demolishion of the current Nordstorm because it was renovated in the 80s making it feel like crap. Instead of building a lifestyle center, however, they should add a new tenent like Sears.

Mon Jul 31, 05:12:00 PM  
Anonymous tkaye said...

Uh, I hate to break it to you, Anonymous, but Sears has been a tenant at the Tacoma Mall for 25 years!

Fri Aug 11, 02:54:00 AM  
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