I could not find any vintage images of DAYTON MALL...so I had to draw some myself. Anyway, the mall's Atrium, at the center of the center, had 2 levels and fronted on the Rike's anchor store. As originally built, DAYTON MALL was a basic, no-frills structure with few interior embellishments and no natural lighting of any kind. The wavy ceiling treatment, spanning the Atrium area, was (in actuality) made of strips of paper.


The south-facing facade of Rike's. Two exterior entries brought customers into the store's bargain-clearance department.


The 212,000 square foot "Penneys", anchoring the west end of the 1970 mall. The building would have a brief stint as a Cincinnati-based McAlpin's in the late 1990s.