One of many classic mall and retro retail internet sites, the MALL HALL OF FAME is a "Mid-mod Mall Museum", centered on American shopping centers built during the mid-20th century (1946-1979).
There are short articles, photos, and at least one physical layout drawing for every mall inducted.
Please check your favorite mall articles often as new content is frequently being added.
A pre-1999 shot of the West Wing, with a Montgomery Ward nameplate far in the distance. Photo from www.gkdevelopment.com (GK Development)
The original Herberger's location at HOLIDAY VILLAGE. The building housed a Hested's 5 & 10 between 1962 and 1975. Herberger's leased the space in 1976 and operated a store there for 24 years.
Photo from www.rdolson.com (R.D. Olson Construction Company)
A contemporary view of the West Wing. The Herberger's seen here moved into a vacant Montgomery Ward store in the year 2000. Photo from www.labelscar.com / "Prange Way"
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TOY & MHoF Productions present
A documentary offering a contradictory viewpoint to the "all malls are dead or dying" declaration. Our new video also provides a visual history of the mall, as we Americans came to know it.
An All-new mall article!
The first shopping mall in Hawai'i has just been inducted! Moanalua Center was in operation between 1954 and 2005.
We, at the MHoF, mourn the recent demolition of Michigan's Northland Center; one of the first major shopping malls in the USA. New photos, and a 1954 tenant list, have been added to our write-up.
the big three
A photo and image essay about America's major mid-tier retail chains
Although all articles and special features on the MHoF have been thoroughly researched, we cannot guarantee that all information is 100 percent accurate . As many may be aware, the internet is rife with incorrect -and often conflicting- data. We even find glaring errors in so-called "scholarly sources" such as reference-type books and newspapers. In spite of these setbacks, we strive to provide the most factual information possible.
in the beginning (1917-1943)
Innovative retail facilities that led to the development of the post-war shopping center and mall.
speed links to historic post-war shopping centers (1946-1952)