Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Winrock Shopping Center

Albuquerque, New Mexico - circa 1960s?

The Mall at Winrock Center. I'm not sure of the date on this one but I'm guessing the '60s or thereabouts. Unfortunately this is another of my low quality "placeholder" mall images, but seeing as how I've been unable to ever find or buy the actual postcard for myself, I'm sharing it today because it's still a really cool shot and I don't want to wait anymore on it! When I get a nicer version I'll surely re-post this one. Hope you still enjoy this funky lowres one in the meantime. :)

Winrock Shopping Center sure looked like a swanky place back in the day, didn't it?

Mall history: 1961 - present
Current website: n/a
Current aerial view
Resource articles: 1, 2. 3. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Previous entries: 1, 2


Anonymous J said...

I just wept a little bit. It's cool '60s images like this that really hit that old nostalgic spot.

Tue Jan 16, 06:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Matt said...

I've said this before about shots like this, Keith, but I can find no other words for it. Simply put, it has that classic 'mall' look I like seeing the most.

Tue Jan 16, 08:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Niiiiiice man....

Tue Jan 16, 09:35:00 PM  
Blogger BIGMallrat said...

The mid-century modern patio cover is awesome! I have to say, it doesn't look at all what I expected from the previous posts. I first thought this was an open-air center with just some sun protection.
So, does anyone know what this place is like now?

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

I love those colorful lamps (?) hanging from the ceiling. Funky yet classy.

Wed Jan 17, 06:58:00 PM  
Anonymous tony said...

It is basically a dead mall. Only Dillards, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Sports Authority remain. Mall owners announced they were going to let all leases lapse....so they coule remodel into an open air shopping center( whats funny is that Winrock WAS an open air- they put a roof on it back in the 80's). While waiting for tenants to leave, a brand new open air shopping center (ABQ Uptown was built- Pottery Barn, Apply Store, etc.). Now it appears that the owners have decided to sell Winrock instead of redevelop. A shame really.

Wed Jan 17, 08:44:00 PM  
Anonymous mapper said...

Winrock Center was designed by Victor Gruen and Associates. Mr. Gruen includes the mall in his book "The Heart Of Our Cities" (Simon and Schuster. New York, 1964). The book includes photographs and a site plan. In the book, Mr. Gruen contrasts the mall with open air malls such as Northland and enclosed malls such as Southdale. He states that the climate in Albuquerque is generally mild but that shoppers need protection from the direct rays of the sun. The original roof over the mall was higher than the surrounding one story mall shops and the space between the mall and shop roofs was fitted with an open grillwork to allow air circulation.

Northgate in Seattle was retrofitted with a similar mall roof in the mid 1960s. The mall owners called this roof the Sky Shield. The thought was probably that Seattle did not experience the extremes of climate that justified an enclosed mall like Southdale but that the roof would keep rain off the mall shoppers. Northgate was finally totally enclosed in the 1970s after other enclosed malls in the Puget Sound area including Tacoma Mall and South Center had opened for business.

Fri Jan 19, 02:03:00 AM  
Blogger Doctor Quest said...

Used to love going to the "old" Winrock. Toys by Roy, Fool's Paradise, Record Rendezvous(later Musicland), Ben Franklin's and the book store. Great memories with old friends. Thanks for the pic.

Sat Feb 19, 10:14:00 AM  
Blogger Doctor Quest said...

Used to love going to the "old" Winrock. Toys by Roy, Fool's Paradise, Record Rendezvous(later Musicland), Ben Franklin's and the book store. Great memories with old friends. Thanks for the pic.

Sat Feb 19, 10:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Bob said...

Indeed, Winrock was a very nice mall in the 60's...I was there in this mall. I remember it being lively and inviting...calming. It bespoke of a much fuller time when life was much better. Winrock lost something when it was modified in the early 90s, and now, we see the results of it. An areal pic of it in the early 60's is shown at
cardcow.com (search for Winrock).

Tue Feb 14, 03:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I grew up shopping in this mall [winrock] back in the 1980s.I remember the Japanese sreakhouse on the west end courtyard which was replaced by an indoor addition later.The food court and Musicland were some of the most memorable spots for me.Now the interior of the mall looks desertsed and creepy,what happened?I live in Seattle,Wa now and both Northgate and southcenter malls have been renovated and expanded with more buisnesses and winrock is almost to extinction.

Tue Aug 28, 08:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! I have tears welling up in my eyes as I recall going here with my grandparents in the late 70's and early 80's. They are long gone now, but this brings back so many memories. Toys by Roy, Paris Shoe Store, Shoe Circus, Japaneses Kitchen, Hickory Farms, Fool's Paradise, Sbarro, Montgomery Wards, and the TILT! Arcade.

Speaking of which... does anyone here know what the name of that cafe inside Winrock was called (Wyatt's)? It was, IIRC, towards the west side entrance to the mall. We used to eat there all the time.

Also, was there not a small pizza joint outside of Japanese Kitchen that was located inside one of the tall columns? I hope this place gets reborn, like the Phoenix rising from the ashes, to become better than ever before.

Mon Aug 22, 12:17:00 AM  

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