A circa-1965 rendering from an early proposal to reinvent the downtown shopping area in Middletown. This plan did not advocate constructing an enclosed shopping mall, but just giving facelifts to existing store fronts.
Photo from the George C. Crout Collection, courtesy of the Middletown Public Library


A circa-1971 rendering of the prospective "MIDDLETOWN MALL". Here we see the Verity Parkway entrance for the Central Avenue mallway, flanked by The Central Store and J.C. Penney. The exterior design of the Brutalist structure seen here would be softened a bit for the mall that was eventually built.
Photo from the George C. Crout Collection, courtesy of the Middletown Public Library


Another 1971 architectural rendering; this of the interior of the prospective "climate-controlled mall for the Central Business District". The interior of the completed mall looked exactly like this drawing, only most of the store spaces were vacant.
Photo from the George C. Crout Collection, courtesy of the Middletown Public Library.