Sunday, September 10, 2006

King of Prussia Plaza


King of Prussia, Pennsylvania - circa late '60s

This is a section of the original King of Prussia Plaza, not the 1981 Court at King of Prussia addition that was added across the street, as a walkway-connected part of this two-building mall complex (similar to Somerset Mall, in Troy, Michigan).

There's a decent history overview of this mall at Wikipedia below, and also the aerial link I've provided is quite spectacular--especially the bird's eye view option! Be sure and take a gander at it.

Mall history: 1963 - present
Developer: Kravco Co. (now Kravco Simon)
Current website: here
Current aerial view
Info from Wikipedia
Previous entries: 1, 2



18 Comments:

Blogger Cora said...

This mall must have the stupidest name ever, but the design sure is nice.

Sun Sep 10, 05:18:00 PM  
Anonymous didi said...

I kind of like the name because it isn't typical.

Sun Sep 10, 09:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you have pics of the Court at King of Prussia prior to the 1990s renovation, please do share.

I remember that fountain...prior to the 1990s expansion, the King of Prussia Plaza also had two fountains in front of Sears, one in front of Sterns (now JCPenney) and two in front of John Wanamaker (former Strawbridge's) in the one story section of the mall. While the renovations gave the mall a more upscale look, the prior interior design of the KOP Plaza was classic.

Sun Sep 10, 10:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

KOP wasn't chosen for the mall. It's the name of the town

Sun Sep 10, 10:46:00 PM  
Blogger BIGMallrat said...

This picture is classic! Such retro style and trend.
You have to admit, King of Prussia is an unusual name for a locality.
Scott

Mon Sep 11, 02:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My eyes bugged out looking at this photo!! Just awesome. I'd loved to have been there when it was still cool like this. Sigh....

Mon Sep 11, 05:33:00 PM  
Blogger Cora said...

There is a town in Pennsylvania called King of Prussia? The mind boggles.

I guess the original settlers were some excessively monarchistic Prussians.

Mon Sep 11, 06:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The origin of the name King of Prussia stems from the American Revolution. It was a common practice to name small village after the leader of the country who's army was coming tyo occupy your area, in order to minimize damage done by their troops. Subsequently after the Prussian merceniaries left they never changed the name since it was deemed unnecessary.
If you think those names are ODD. You should pay a visit to the little burgs of Blue Balls, Bird In Hand, or the town of Intercourse. All located in what is known as the Pa. Dutch country.

Tue Sep 12, 12:11:00 AM  
Anonymous didi said...

Aren't those names a bit risque for PN Dutch country?

Tue Sep 12, 01:50:00 PM  
Blogger Captain Jay said...

Does anyone know the restaurant that was located in Strawbridges (Court) up on the third floor throughout the 80's? I think it was a french restaurant.

Sun Sep 16, 08:46:00 PM  
Blogger David said...

I grew up going to this mall (still live just 5 minutes away) and it is so cool to see these old pictures...Thanks. I remember the old round news stand, the PSFS in the middle of the parking lot, the Kiddie City, the ground round, the ACME....

Sat Jun 19, 10:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding the restaurant question, there were two eateries at the top of of Bloomingdale's (glass front), one was Le Train Bleu (I worked there in the '80's) and the second was a juice bar named Forty Carrots. Great memories!

Tue Jan 18, 09:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding the restaurant question, there were two eateries at the top of of Bloomingdale's (glass front), one was Le Train Bleu (I worked there in the '80's) and the second was a juice bar named Forty Carrots. Great memories!

Tue Jan 18, 09:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding the restaurant question, there were two eateries at the top of of Bloomingdale's (glass front), one was Le Train Bleu (I worked there in the '80's) and the second was a juice bar named Forty Carrots. Great memories!

Tue Jan 18, 09:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding the restaurant question, there were two eateries at the top of of Bloomingdale's (glass front), one was Le Train Bleu (I worked there in the '80's) and the second was a juice bar named Forty Carrots. Great memories!

Tue Jan 18, 09:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sheesh... Apologies for the multiple posts-- there were no confirmations of successful posting, just endless requests to type in more Captchas.

Tue Jan 18, 09:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Up to about 1976 the Plaza featured TONS of small water fountains all over the place as well (most in some sort of octagonal configuration-- to match Wanamaker Store's unique shape): upstairs on either side of Gimbel's entrance (with built in high back wood benches facing the burbling fountains), between Korvette's and JCP gallery entrance (those odd mushroom shaped plumes of water), the clock tower fountain outside (clock up top, fountain below), outside Thrift Drug (this time stained glass canopy above and fountain below). Always had to stop and say HI to the tropical bird cage in the gallery as a kid. Wikipedia and other sites make a big deal about the amphitheater-- it was outside Woolworth's and only seated about 60 at most (it wasn't the size of Wanamakers). Oh the memories. All that water gave a uniquely musty ambiance, though.

Wed Jul 20, 12:58:00 PM  
Blogger RickMK said...

I grew up with King of Prussia Plaza since before I was a teenager, and still miss the old, pre-renovated mall, with its beautiful fountains and high outdoor clock tower and the giant circular ramp up to the second floor, and the less snobby stores. I even still keep an old mall directory from the good old days.
Oh, and you can't forget The Purple Cow!

Wed Aug 03, 08:14:00 PM  

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