Rhode Island-based Ann & Hope, an original anchor of LIBERTY TREE MALL, was one of the most innovative mid-century discount marts. It was among the first "self-service" department stores in the nation and the first to provide shopping carts for its patrons.

The circa-1972 layout of the shopping venue. It had been built between freestanding Ann & Hope and Lechmere locations and was the fourth regional-class, fully-enclosed mall in -or around- Beantown.

A vintage view of the east-west LIBERTY TREE mallway. The original complex spanned 600,000 leasable square feet, with a tenant list of forty stores and services.
Photo from http://www.flickriver.com / "Flickriver PhotoStream" / William Bird

The Liberty Tree sculpture seen here was created for the New England Pavilion at the New York World's Fair of 1964-'65. The 23-foot-tall, silver aluminum "tree" was crafted by Cambridge artisan Albert A. Surnam. After the fair, it was moved to the Boston Common. It was relocated again in 1972, when it was installed in Center Court at the new LIBERTY TREE MALL. Today, it stands in a Boston area park.
Photo from http://www.davidsgallery.info