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Images of Modern America: Northland Mall

 When the Northland Mall opened in Michigan on March 22, 1954, it was the worlds largest shopping center. Its innovative design was the vision of architect Victor Gruen and the Webbers, nephews of Joseph Lowthian Hudson and executives of the J.L. Hudson Company. Northland featured Hudsons flagship suburban store surrounded by other businesses selling a variety of merchandise and services. More than just a shopping destination, Northland Mall was a total experience of activity and relaxation, with colorful courtyards displaying sculptures such as the famous The Boy and Bear.

“Images of Oak Park” was written by former mayor Jerry Naftaly, an Oak Park resident for 60 years. It recounts Oak Park's history augmented by dozens of photographs taken over seven decades, as well as the personal recollections of many former and current residents. The latest release from Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America” series relates the history of Oak Park from its humble beginnings in the early 1900s to the City that it is today 


Jerry Naftaly with books by the Northland Center sign 


 Jerry (in back) with friends during one of the last 2 tours of Northland Mall before closing.


 Northland Playhouse geodesic dome being placed by workers in 1957 


 Northland Playhouse Grand Opening


 Back Terrace of Northland with Bus stop (photo Gruen Assoc)


 1960s shoppers outside McBryde Boot Shop and Florsheim Shoes .