Crumby Run-Down Malls of St. Louis #5: Northwest Plaza “Reborn”

Did you ever have a friend who went through a rough patch, and then when they finally moved past that hardship, they just never were the same anymore? That’s sort of what I feel like when I look at Northwest Plaza. I covered its partial demolition several years ago. I thought that the original outdoor…

Northwest Plaza Demolition Continuing

Update: The completed redevelopment left much to be desired. The demolition of Northwest Plaza, once the queen of the shopping malls of St. Louis, continues.  As the ill-fated, and revealed by the demolition of the cheaply built enclosure of the mall in the late 1980’s nears completion, one can see the original anchors in much…

Northwest Plaza Demolition

I didn’t have much time so I snapped a couple of bad photos, but I will return and document more of the demolition of what was once the largest outdoor mall in the world.

Northwest Plaza Exterior

Update: Most of the mall was demolished and portions were redeveloped. When will these walls coming crashing down, the victim of demolition? Will there be any memory of what was here fifty years from now? How could such a thriving place decline so rapidly? Was its hold on the retail market so tenuous? Update: May…

Sears, Northwest Plaza

I have a sentimental soft spot for the Northwest Plaza Sears, as its architecture is very similar to the mall I went to as a child in Saginaw, Michigan, Fashion Square Mall. I also realized that in some ways the architecture reminds me of Jabba the Hutt’s palace from third Star Wars movie. Perhaps a…

Northwest Plaza Famous Barr

Besides the Fairview Heights and South County stores, the Northwest Plaza Famous Barr is the third of the remaining signature domed departments stores. Much ado has been made of the enclosure of the original outdoor mall, but it is interesting to see that the anchors at the mall changed very little on the exterior. I’m…

Special Topics

There are many tags on this site that don’t fit into any of the categories neatly. They’re not neighborhoods, cities or counties. But many of them are families, famous businesses or churches, along with what I might call general interest. Here they are, organized into sub-categories. Pretty self-explanatory, these are tags that I use frequently…

International Photography Hall of Fame Now Open

A great new resource for photography aficionados has open in Grand Center, above the Triumph Grill.  The International Photography Hall of Fame will have rotating exhibits of its collections as well as other special exhibits.

Eastern Midtown, Sunset

East of the giant parking lots that sit empty most of the year is a rapidly developing neighborhood with great businesses.  The architecture is usually from the early Twentieth Century, replacing the mansions and upper middle class houses that spread to the neighborhood in the Nineteenth Century.  I hope one day wasteful surface parking lots…

Mount Lebanon Cemetery

I often learn interesting things from my readers, and recently one visitor to my site informed me that the large potter’s field near the St. Louis Insane Asylum was dug up in the 1950’s and moved out to Mount Lebanon Cemetery, a medium sized cemetery across from Northwest Plaza and surrounded by busy roads and…