Monday, January 15, 2007

Park City Center - Autumn Mall

Lancaster, Pennsylvania - circa 1970s

Though the image quality isn't great, here's finally a view of the "Autumn Mall" wing of Park City Center, or Park City Mall, as it's called by many locals. Back in the early days the mall itself liked to refer to Park City as the "Mall of Four Seasons", as each distinct mall wing had a seasonal-themed design (check my previous entries below for a look at the rest). I plan to make a master post soon with all four seasons included in one entry. Here's the postcard caption for this one:
"Oak trees in fall colors adorn the Autumn Mall heading to the Watt & Shand Department Store. Park City is a Super Regional Shopping Center situated along U.S. Route 30 Bypass in Lancaster, Pennsylvania."
PS: Blogger's giving me trouble at the moment (and the ice storm today here in MI is making my internet connection very unhappy), so I'm not sure I'll be able to get all the things posted this evening that I planned. If not, then later tonight hopefully. Let's see if this one goes through first.

Mall history: 1972 - present
Current website: here
Info from Wikipedia
Current aerial view
Previous entries: 1, 2, 3


Blogger Nicholas M. DiMaio said...

This mall looked like an actual, indoor park! Judging by how mediocre/cookie cutter malls and renovations have gotten, I'll bet it looks nothing like it used to today. I'm relying on some local reports...

Tue Jan 16, 01:18:00 AM  
Blogger JM said...

The picture is very kind to the ambiance of this mall; it was the typical dark, earthtone 70's mall that we've all seen in the past. Don't let the creative framing of this shot fool you. The last time I was there they had renovated it and replaced the indoor/outdoor carpeting with tile, and introduced natural lighting via skylights giving it a more contemporary look.

Tue Jan 16, 10:55:00 AM  
Anonymous J said...

A complete set! Thanks for finding and sharing these, Keith. It's hard to remember malls without lots of natural light. Light can be nice, but one does get nostalgic...

Tue Jan 16, 05:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Matt said...

Ah, nice work. MOA finally has all four 'seasons' of Park City represented.

I think I like this particular one the most out of the four. It has that nostalgic 'moody' feel thanks to the woodtones (the autumn trees in the foreground really bring this out), along with storefront lighting providing most of the illumination to the mall interior.

Tue Jan 16, 08:49:00 PM  
Blogger BIGMallrat said...

I'm having trouble remembering if anyone liked dark and moody? Seems like the Seventies was full of dark and moody design. I suppose it was a stark contrast to what came out of the Sixties that it was just new nad different. Either way, I look at it now, and I think "gee, if I dropped a penny, I'd never find it!"
Nevertheless, this is an awesome architectural wonder for the period. Love the creative use of ceiling tiles. I'd love to see all four seasons put together!

Wed Jan 17, 05:00:00 PM  
Anonymous didi said...

With the exception of the first postcard posted on this mall with those great columns, Autumn is my favorite out of the other two. It just really brings the outside come to life. Screw skylights and natural light. I would take dark malls and earthtones any day over something so pathetically bland. If I wanted to feel like I was outside I would visit one of those goofy big box centers or fauz streetscapes or worse yet go to Old Orchard.

With the themes of the seasons being presented at Park City, how come all malls succomb to the cultural blandness instead of adopting fun themes like this? To me it's just so bizarre that something fun couldn't be celebrated today for fear of being outdated.

Wed Jan 17, 07:20:00 PM  
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