HistoryLink: Built for the Future - Northgate's birthday

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Photo courtesy Simon Property Group

From HistoryLink.org

On April 21, 1950, hordes of shoppers attended the opening of Northgate Mall. The mall was designed by John Graham Jr., who later became chief architect for the Space Needle. Northgate's first president was Jim Douglas, who went on to serve as the Century 21 vice president of construction.

Northgate is considered to be the first regional shopping center defined as a "mall," although there were at least three predecessor shopping centers. One was Bellevue Square, which opened four years earlier. Bellevue's center, as well as the first floating bridge across Lake Washington, helped to transform the bucolic farming community into a bustling suburban city.


Anonymous,  April 22, 2016 at 7:01 AM  

This essay is licensed under a Creative Commons license that encourages reproduction with attribution. Credit should be given to both HistoryLink.org and to the author, and sources must be included with any reproduction.

DKH April 22, 2016 at 12:52 PM  

Technically correct - but if we followed that model the source info would probably be longer than the article. Before publishing the first article, we checked with HistoryLink for permission to repost. They were very welcoming and asked only that we link back to the HistoryLink website.

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