Wednesday, August 02, 2006

NorthPark Center

Dallas, Texas - circa 1960s

Plaza fountain at NorthPark. Not the best quality, but a great shot nonetheless! I love this one. Kind of scifi-ish, and also a certain pleasing color balance to it all (look at the clothes), whether intentional or not, that I just really want to bogart.

Another nice, tall fountain plume again, too! Speaking of which, doesn't it almost resemble a flying saucer? Yeah, and these futuristic humans are waiting to board it and fly off into space!

I know, I know, I should fly off with them, right? :D. Maybe I will...

Mall History: 1965 - present
Developer: Raymond Nasher
Current website: here
Current aerial view
Info from Wikipedia
Previous entries: 1


Blogger todd said...

I'd love to see some shots of the anchors there... any out there?

Wed Aug 02, 08:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Rob said...

Those exposed concrete beams in the ceiling and the huge skylights are very appealing to the eyes. Can't say the same about the women. Is that 10-mile yellow or what? Almost as loud as the noise that huge fountain would make. Imagine the amount of mist that sucker must have made.

I love it.

Wed Aug 02, 08:39:00 AM  
Blogger brayan said...


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Wed Aug 02, 09:10:00 AM  
Anonymous dean said...

I once worked with a landscape architect who was involved in a mall in Dallas - perhaps it was this one. The concrete floors he specified were treated with a color wax and over the decades of polishing by custodians, they developed a beautiful luster to them. Apparently a recent addition to the mall used the same process but panicked the owner since they looked terrible at first. It goes to show that only time can enrich certain aspects of our environment.

Wed Aug 02, 01:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Prangeway said...

I think it's amazing (and really cool) that during the mall's current renovation and expansion project they not only chose to a.) leave the original decades-old design intact and b.) build the brand new expansion of the mall in the exact same manner, to match. This is a great family-owned mall and gem and has escaped its entire life without any sort of major renovation, yet is still the premier shopping destination in Dallas.

Wed Aug 02, 02:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Kevin said...

This is my favority mall to shop at in Dallas. Love to see that fountain in this picture because it is still there to this day. The new addition is very nice that offers a whole range of newer upscale stores, but still has the same look as the rest of the mall.

Wed Aug 02, 02:45:00 PM  
Blogger Steven Swain said...

This mall is a classic. I love how they've preserved the place so well.

Wed Aug 02, 07:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Matt said...

It is great to hear that in the expansion of this mall, they carried on the original architecture, rather than remodel the older section to blend in with the new addition. That is unheard of around my area.

The bigger malls here in Wisconsin used to have fountains. In recent remodelings beginning in the 1980s, we're down to 'no' malls having them. They were all turned into 'blah'-looking planters, or just ripped out to create more floorspace for the 100th-bazillion cellphone kiosk to move on. :(

Wed Aug 02, 07:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mall movia trivia:

In Robert Altman's "Dr. T and the Women", Farrah Faucett swims nude in this fountain!

Fri Aug 04, 05:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And here are two really good shots on Flickr that show what the new additions to the mall look like:

Fri Aug 04, 05:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone out there remember the name of the shoe store that was just a couple of doors down from Kip's Big Boy in the early 1970s?? It was on the same side of the mall as Kip's. A friend and I have wondered about it for years. It was one of our favorite shoe stores back then. The location is across from where La Madeline's is today. Thanks!

Wed Mar 11, 09:02:00 PM  

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