Chesterfield Mall, Blocked Off

Back in January of 2021 we noticed that the owners of Chesterfield Mall were building walls blocking off the old Dillard’s and Sears wings of the mall, which were also the oldest portions. When I went back recently, their plan had been implemented, and those parts had been locked and closed off. A similar form…

Triage, Chesterfield Mall

Update: By late 2021, the work was complete and the Dillard’s and Sears wings were blocked off. They’re closing off the Dillard’s and Sears wings of Chesterfield Mall, no doubt as a way of saving money on maintenance, utilities and staffing, much as the owners of Jamestown Mall did years ago. These pictures are of…

Chesterfield Mall: Epilogue

Update: With little fanfare, both Macy’s and the mall reopened after all in mid-May 2020. I don’t think the Macy’s at Chesterfield Mall is going to reopen. Back after the Dillard’s was flooded due to a water main break, they announced it was going to reopen, but then I went by and there was no…

Chesterfield Mall, The Weekend After Its Sale

Not many families come around to play at the St. Luke’s Hospital Play Area anymore, Dr. Ted E. Bear informed me on a recent visit to Chesterfield Mall. Plays areas were never this cool when I was young. We chatted a bit, and I realized later my portrait of Dr. Bear actually ended up being…

Chesterfield Mall, 99% Dead

So this is how it all ends. With Macy’s chugging along, and apparently the Cheesecake Factory and the movie theater locked into long leases or owning their own buildings, Chesterfield Mall seems to have finally bit the dust. There are still maybe two stores open, but otherwise the halls are empty, and the air conditioning…

Checking Up on Far North County

Years ago BeltSTL and I took a drive around Far North County and checked out some old buildings, including this old farmstead. The barns appear to look in good condition, though there has been no progress on finding a new use for them. Jamestown Mall is now completely dead, and the parking lots are blocked…

Mount Crestwood, Gone

As of late October, I can report that Mount Crestwood has been completely removed, and has now been seeded with grass. I will report on the grass’s growth in the spring.

Crumby Run-Down Malls of St. Louis #6: Chesterfield Mall

I never thought Chesterfield Mall would join the ranks of Crumby Run-Down Malls of St. Louis. But it has, and despite surviving the Great Recession, was done in by the two new outlet malls further west. I used to love this mall, back in the 1990s before the cool 1970s style was ripped out. Those…

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…

Crumby Run-Down Malls of St. Louis #4: St. Louis Mills

Update: The mall was officially closed on May 24, 2019. After we saw a news report about how devastated St. Louis Mills was, we knew we needed to take a trip out there Saturday morning. We were not disappointed–I don’t think I’ve seen any other malls in my Dead Malls Series that is still open…