Originally part of the strip mall before it was expanded and enclosed in the 1980’s, Sears still has its original escalators. It’s still surprising that Crestwood Mall is just about empty, until one factors in the major improvements and renovations to other nearby, competitor malls such as West County and South County Malls.
It has been five years since the last time I photographed the mall, and little has changed, except there are more cracks in the parking lot pavement. One thing I noticed on this trip was the sheer massiveness of the Dillard’s store, which closed several years ago. I could have sworn the front portico looked different in the past.
I assume it was originally built as a Stix, Baer and Fuller, and I also wonder if this was intended to be its suburban anchor. The white brick facade is truly amazing, and provides a real presence compared to the ugly and low slung Sears and Famous Barr/Macy’s. It also had a small covered corridor that was attached to the renovated portion in the 1980’s. It is interesting architecturally, with its outward facing stores and second floor.
The massive parking garage underneath seems to be largely blocked off now.