Westland Center Mall
Westland, Michigan - July 23, 1965
Man, Westland Center was just so incredibly swanky and beautiful in the '60s, it's probably one of my favorite malls to dig into at MOA. I never tire of looking at its vintage interior!
And there's certainly lots to see here in this photo of the West Court, taken in 1965 when the mall first opened. On the right is an Alexander & Hornung butcher shop, Raimi's window and curtain store (owned by Hollywood director Sam Raimi's mother), and a Thom McCann Shoes, among others. Can't see it here but just to the left of this view was a Kresge store, which you can see in this cool color photo I shared previously.
I'm thinking this might be a picture taken prior to the mall's official public opening (or very early on after it at any rate), because the Alexander & Hornung shop looks rather empty of merchandise here (zoom in and it's even more evident), and also the clock has no hands yet. Maybe some clues there?
Westland Center is still there today and generally retains its overall original layout, but of course, isn't quite this groovy anymore.
Mall history: 1965 - present
Developer: J.L. Hudson Company
Current website: here
Current aerial view
Info from Wikipedia
Previous entries: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
(Research image courtesy and © Wayne State University)