Alderwood Mall 197x
December 14th, 2009 @ 12:19 am by Cliffe | Sorted Historic Buildings |
Maybe you’ve seen enough of the subject of today’s image while shopping for gifts. Opened in 1979 by developer Edward J. DeBartolo Sr, Alderwood Mall has in recent years reversed the “enclose it” trend and embraced open air shopping. Below find the 1978-79 architectural drawing from artist Ken Duffin. Ok, ok, maybe categorizing it under Historic Buildings
is a bit of a stretch but it had to go somewhere. Click for the high res and good luck with your shopping.
|Alderwood Mall, Lynnwood, Wash. architectural drawing, gouache or acrylic on board by Ken Duffin, 1978-1979. John Graham Jr. received international recognition for his large scale shopping complexes. Combining architectural skill with business acumen, Graham helped shape Seattle’s commercial environment after World War II. Born in Seattle to architect John Graham Sr., Graham Jr. enrolled in the University of Washington’s architecture program in 1926. Transferring to Yale in 1928, Graham graduted with a degree in fine arts four years later and initially pursued a career in merch andising rather than architecture. When John Graham Sr. retired in 1946, Graham Jr. took over his father’s architecture firm. When the post-World War II economy spurred suburban growth and expansive commercial development in King County, Graham, groomed in retail management, recognized the potential for innovative design strategies. With an initial collaboration with department store owner Rex Allison, Graham conceived the model for the suburban shopping center. Key elements were scale, concentration of shops, abundant parking and easy highway access. When Graham decided to enclose the entire complex, the modern mall was born. Image courtesy University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections Division.