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 ApachePlaza.com. 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 ApachePlaza.com)