In this photo, and the one that follows, we see terrazzo animal statues that were created, in 1959, for NORTHSIDE CENTER. Cast figures of animals, such as the Turtle seen here, were used as decorative elements in several mid-20th century shopping malls.
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The NORTHSIDE CENTER Alligator. The statues were created by local artisan Earl La Pan. Although something of a standard fixture in America's earliest malls, most -if not all- such statuary has been removed as part of  various "smear everything over with new" renovations. Most vintage malls have succumbed to such "improvements" over the past 4 decades.
Photo from Flickriver / Phillip Pessar


In a way, it is fortunate that Miami's NORTHSIDE CENTER fell on hard times so early in its existence. Eclipsed by bigger and better malls, this shopping hub has been left essentially the same as it was over 50 years ago. Above, we see some of its original mid-20th century design elements.
Photo from Flickriver / Phillip Pessar