Thursday, November 16, 2006

Apache Plaza Mall

St. Anthony Village, Minnesota - circa 1962

Vintage postcard view of the Center Court and fountain inside the Apache Plaza mall. To me, this is one of those "quintessential" 1960s mall photos. The kind that really displays all the color, mood, and yes, tackiness (but in a good way), that truly defined the decadent shopping malls of that era. This easily ranks as one of my own personal favorite shots here so far!

Sadly, the place was demolsihed in 2004, but reading up on it and looking at many photos online, it's easy to see why this quirky, colorful old mall is still so deeply loved (and missed), by fans like Jeff Anderson, the cat behind the fantastic fan tribute site Heck, I've never even been there myself, yet now I miss it like an old friend! The links below will lead you to all the history info you'll ever need on this mall.

Mall history: 1961 - 2004 (dead)
Architect: Willard Thorsen
Info from Wikipedia
Resource articles: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
Previous entries: none

(Study image courtesy of


Anonymous didi said...

Love the windows!!! They are so groovy!

But the cneter court makes that pool look like it is an outside motel shot at night.

Sat Nov 18, 03:57:00 PM  
Anonymous J said...

I agree, Keith. It's got so many elements that define that time for me. The planters in the pool, the stained-glass clerestory windows, the cool much fun stuff going on. Not everyone's dream space, I'm sure, but one of my favorites. I've enjoyed it several times at Glad to see it here.

Mon Nov 20, 07:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Ross said...

It looked exactly like this the last time I was there in 2003, well minus the activity of course.

Mon Nov 27, 02:07:00 AM  
Blogger jeff anderson said...

Keith -

I stopped by your site because the holidays make me sentimental for the old malls, and was nicely surprised to see your bit on Apache. I love your blog!

Jeff Anderson

Fri Dec 01, 02:09:00 PM  
Blogger rmsharpe said...

Wow, that's a neat picture. It's too bad I never got to go to Apache before its demise.

Tue Dec 12, 02:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember going to Apahe Plaza when I was a kid with my mother and her sister at Easter time to see all the farm animals they would bring in. It brings back lots of memories.

Minneapolis, MN

Thu May 17, 11:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Keith- great blog. I'm doing some research for a film. Could I contact you directly about mall locations? Thnx

Thu Jul 07, 05:31:00 AM  

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