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Ye Olde Mall: 1958

Ye Olde Mall: 1958

1958. "Harundale Mall, Glen Burnie, Maryland. Interior view." The first enclosed shopping center on the East Coast. Nirenstein Collection print. View full size.


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Harundale 1947

The construction of the houses in Harundale was the subject of an article in Popular Science in November 1947:

The factory for constructing the houses was located on the site of the future Harundale Mall.

Nearly all the little houses constructed per the above article are still standing.

An early mall with kiosks

It's interesting to see an early mall like this with lots of interior kiosks housing smaller stores -- while these are quite common in modern malls, in the other early malls you've shown on the site (like Southdale), as well as the malls I grew up with in the 1970s, these were rare -- the central hallways were pretty open except for the occasional fountain and the like.

Harundale Mall

This is the first mall I ever went to. It was on Ritchie Highway, a full access road that connected Annapolis to Baltimore. It was a huge thrill. I remember spending a whole day there with my mother Christmas shopping. They played Christmas music all through the mall, and they must have played "The Christmas Song" by the Chipmunks a thousand times. We ate lunch at Read's Drugstore (you can see it down on the left). On the way home, we ate dinner at the White Coffee Pot. Several years later, a huge Two Guys discount store and an EJ Korvette store opened nearby.

Delightful versus frightful

I don't believe Mr. Loewy had his elegant hand in this particular project. We have recently seen good examples of 50's style done right, put in perspective by this more typical sample.

But I suspect there are few complaints about the decor on this cold December day, when the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful.

Now Harundale Plaza

This is a mile away from my house. The site is now a strip mall with a Burlington Coat Factory, some crap stores, empty storefronts, and an Outback. Not a prime location. Hasn't been for decades. Though I do remember it still being somewhat viable in the 80s, as my school chorus traveled there to sing at Christmas one year.

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