Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Westland Center

Westland, Michigan - 1960's

This is a view of the pool and fountain in the East Court of the Westland Center mall. Truly an incredible interior. Wish I'd have had a chance to see this shopping mall in person back then, in its golden heyday.

From back of postcard:
"With two main courtyards, a connecting mall and seven arcades, plus a concourse with many smaller stores and public service facilities, shoppers move through the entire Center in air-conditioned comfort. The many sculptures and works of art, along with the beautiful paintings, add to everyone's enjoyment of the Center,"
Mall history: 1965 - present
Current website: here
Current aerial view
Previous entries: 1, 2


Anonymous Rob said...

Keith, out of all the entries in your blog, this is my new favorite picture. The sputnik lights; the marble; the fountain; the glass elevator. There are no words.

Tue Aug 08, 09:35:00 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Elegant and beautiful. They don't make them like that anymore.

Tue Aug 08, 09:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just below center and slightly to the right in this photo is a statue of the 'goose that laid the golden egg.' It was smooth as glass, and the curve of its neck made a perfect tunnel through which children could slide. Best mall statue ever, in the days before insurance liability.

Tue Aug 08, 10:56:00 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

One of my top-10 favourite photos from this site! Only thing I'd wish for is more water and more plants.

Tue Aug 08, 04:53:00 PM  
Blogger Cora said...

Absolutely stunning.

Tue Aug 08, 05:46:00 PM  
Blogger labelscar said...

I love the large anchor face. One of the things I dislike about newer malls is that, in the interest of maximizing leasable space inside of the mall, anchors have far less dramatic interior facades than what you can see here. I miss the days where a large anchor store would face a high-ceiling court with a vast expanse of unbroken wall. It really reinforced a certain "importance" in the anchor store itself that I feel is lacking in most newer centers.

Tue Aug 08, 11:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Myrtle said...

This is the most magical mall ever! :-)

Tue Aug 08, 11:19:00 PM  
Blogger Steven Swain said...

Truly beautiful :-)

Wed Aug 09, 12:26:00 AM  
Blogger BIGMallrat said...

Labelscar is SOOO right. The anchor makes its presence known. I'm assuming this is the Marshall Field's?
Anyway, this is really a fantastic picture. It could be taken today and not show any age (it'd just be vintage retro now).
I love the large court with plenty of space. Now they cram in a hundred carts with pushy salespeople. Those where the days!
Thanks for posting this wonderful pic!

Wed Aug 09, 02:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're close, BigMallRat... it was Hudson's.

Wed Aug 09, 02:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe the goose statue is now located outside Hudson's/Marshall Fields/Macy's at the North entrance.

Thu Aug 10, 07:31:00 AM  
Anonymous tkaye said...

Looks like this mall was actually built in 1961 -- architect was Louis G. Redstone. Here's a listing of an archival collection that gives a good idea of the scope of his work in the Detroit area: http://www.umich.edu/~bhl/bhl/mhchome/reaccess/REDSTONE.pdf

Redstone wrote a book called "Art in Architecture," published in 1968. Might be worth digging up a copy.

Fri Aug 11, 02:47:00 AM  
Blogger Keith said...

Tyler: Hmmm. Now I'm cornfused. The date in that document you pointed out, doesn't jive with everything I've seen online. Everything I've seen points to '65, for the most part. There's even an essay (by "Cactus Bob", who comments here at MOA), over at deadmalls.com, in the entry for Wonderland Mall in Michigan, that puts the opening at 1968 (and I know Bob knows his Michigan stuff--shed some light if you read this, Bob!). Curious.

I'll contact Westland Center later and see what they say.

And thanks for all the great comments in this post! Glad you you guys liked the shot so much. I'll post more of Westland.

Wed Aug 16, 04:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Bobby said...

Sorry for the delayed response. It seems I was wrong though in saying that Westland opened in '68, I'm finding everything says '65 now. Or maybe it's disputed like Tel-Twelve.

Sun Oct 01, 09:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow do these pictures bring back some memories. I go to this mall all the time ever since I was a child so much of it has changed but still you can see the shadows of what it used to be. great site thanks for the memories .

Tue Mar 31, 06:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Pamela said...

I was in this mall alot as a child and it was even more awesome than these pictures show. The fountain was just magical, the glass elevator was such a cool touch, and the best thing of all was the "Goose that laid the Golden Egg" statue. One of the funniest stories of my childhood happened here... My middle brother fell in that fountain! Hilarioius now, not so funny then... LOL

Fri Jul 10, 11:58:00 AM  

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