Monday, August 28, 2006

Deptford Mall


Deptford, New Jersey - 1970s(?)

Hmm... Sort of strange looking fountains in Deptford Mall, aren't they? Still, cool little array, though! I really like how they have the fountain basins tiered like that. You can barely see a larger one just out of camera range in the foreground underneath the smaller two. Nice. Wonder how they looked at night (and are they still there?).

Mall history: 1975 - present
Current website: here
Current aerial view
Resource articles: 1, 2
Previous entries: none



18 Comments:

Blogger Kittenwtw said...

I was there about six years ago and all I can remember about the place is being impressed with the large food court!

Mon Aug 28, 12:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sadly they are no longer there This was my mall when I was I kid and these fountains transfixed. they lit up blue, yellow and red. There were adjacent minor pools, cascades and jets arounds the round basins as well. the mobile in the top of the picture was of the universe and absolutely incredible. Originally design by Kravco, this mall was revamped in 1991 and has little of the original charm. They did install a new fountain, but nowhere near as spectacular

Mon Aug 28, 03:45:00 PM  
Blogger Cora said...

Two shoe shops above each other? Or is that a two-level shoe shop?

Those basins look a bit like giant buttons. Though I imagine they must have looked cool, when lit up in different colours. That mobile looks interesting as well.

Mon Aug 28, 06:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very cool pic of the Deptford Mall fountains...many malls in NJ today do not have as elaborate fountains the way they used to...I'd love to see more pics of NJ malls, especially mall fountains...if you can come across them, the fountains at the former Seaview Square Mall, Quakerbridge Mall, Cherry Hill Mall, Willowbrook Mall and Garden State Plaza used to be pretty elaborate (the latter two, along with Rockaway Townsquare also had unique interiors prior to their respective renovations).

Mon Aug 28, 06:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe they covered up the fountains and used these as platforms during the holidays, you can see a chained-off "ramp" to the right. I think I remember seeing the Easter Bunny and Santa set up in this area.

I haven't been in the mall in years, but I always thought is was the most boring in the area. At least compared to Cherry Hill Mall (Used to have a mini amusement park...seriously!), Echelon Mall (Lots of twists and turns to keep things interesting...all but dead now) & Moorestown Mall (Used to have ducks swimming down a stream in the center of the main corridor!).

Thu Aug 31, 03:13:00 AM  
Blogger Erica & Stuart said...

So neat to see a pic of the Deptford Mall, these are rare to see. My mom and I used to drive an hour in the 80's to get to this mall, now I live right around the corner. I don't remember the fountains being there in the 80's; it is currently a large open space used for the Easter Bunny and Santa. The mall was recently "renovated" with new flooring and carpeting and new tables/chairs in the food court. It's much more updated looking, as opposed to the teal and purple theme it was sporting. It's far from being a dead mall, with new higher end stores coming in such as Sephora and Coach, and few vacancies. The entire Deptford area is being built up, traffic is awful! Thanks again for the pic!

Fri Aug 15, 03:32:00 PM  
Blogger CrescentMark said...

Specific to the fountains, they are completely gone. The center court is 100% flat tile. No resemblance of any fountains. I found this site and pic cause I commented to my wife how elaborate the Santa display uses to be. It was a multiple level castle most years... I think some times it was Disney themed... And it would fit onto the fountain pods (as another poster commented).

Regarding the mall... As someone else posted, this is far from a dead mall. It recently sold and grabbed a very high price because the per sq ft sales numbers are in up in the higher brackets. There are several malls to the north, but south there are affluent communities and for them this is the closest (and only) mall.

Thu Dec 24, 09:39:00 PM  
Anonymous wilemds said...

I've watched the Deptford Mall from
the time it openned till now. The
fountains where the best mall
attractions.The Deptford Mall rings converted to three seperate
platforms for hoidays and special
attractions. I remember them, one
year, bringing aircraft into the
center court for display. The
fountain was removed and later
replaced with a smaller fountain.
The mall also had a seperate fountain in front of Wanamakers
which had an eagle perched inside.
Sadly, there are no more fountains.The only negative thing
about the fountains is when they
where on you couldn't hear yourself think. Today there is
a customer service desk in the place where the smaller fountain was. Unlike Cherry Hill and Moorestown malls Deptford was the first two story mall in south jersey.

Thu Nov 25, 12:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Mike McGuire said...

Very cool! I still go to Deptford Mall pretty regularly. I am 30 now, and I remember being there as a kid seeing Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and riding the old carousel. Anyone else remember the carousel? It was located where the present-day food court is.

Wed Aug 08, 04:29:00 AM  
Blogger Tony D'Angelo said...

Does ANYBODY remember the old pizza place back back in the day @ deptford mall?

Thu Apr 25, 05:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The name was La Dolce Vita Italian restaurant in back and up front was pizza. This was a great place

Sun Jul 28, 02:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how about the pet store and the Deptford tavern roy rogers

Tue Sep 10, 07:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loved the Deptford mall was there every friday night back in the day. It was the place to be. You had to hang out in the arcade and play pinball. We would call you a mall rat if you were always there.

Wed Oct 02, 09:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can we all forget the Farrell's Ice Cream place near the Arcade, where Ruby Tuesday is today?!

It was a destination restaurant!

Mon Oct 07, 01:54:00 PM  
Blogger riskiebiz said...

Does anyone remember the German themed hot dog place? I think it was called Spicemeister's?

Thu Feb 06, 11:28:00 AM  
Anonymous PeggyAnn said...

Does anyone have photos of Deptford Mall in the 1970's when they had the Sesame St Christmas theme?

Thu Feb 13, 03:38:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

La Dolce Vita... I was a hostess in the restaurant during high school. I will never forget a little kid yelling "Look Mommy, Mickey Mouse" as a mouse ran across the restaurant into the kitchen!!!!

Sat Feb 27, 06:17:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

La Dolce Vita... I was a hostess in the restaurant during high school. I will never forget a little kid yelling "Look Mommy, Mickey Mouse" as a mouse ran across the restaurant into the kitchen!!!!

Sat Feb 27, 06:18:00 PM  

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