Southdale Center named among nation’s 10 most influential buildings

Southdale Center has been named one of “Ten Buildings That Changed America,” joining a distinguished list that includes masterworks by Thomas Jefferson, Frank Lloyd Wright and others.

The list was assembled in preparation for a PBS series airing in 2013. The 10 buildings were chosen by a panel of architects and historians.

Southdale’s claim to fame is being the first enclosed shopping mall in America. When the Edina mall opened in 1956, it created a sensation, and became the prototype for hundreds of shopping malls throughout the country.


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Apache Plaza (1976)

I scanned this from a newspaper magazine put out by the Sun Newspapers in August of 1976 that was celebrating the history of northeast Minneapolis (or “Nordeast” as that word appears in many of the ads by local businesses). This is an ad for the old Apache Plaza mall which unfortunately is gone and only exists in our memories now.

Some of the businesses listed…

Beer & Steer
Cheese House
House of Large Sizes
Scientific Computers
Form 1040
Shirt Hut
Mary & Me Inc.
Little Professor Book Store
County Seat
Queens Court School of Dance
Weight Watchers
Radio Shack

On April 26th, 1984 a tornado swept through the area and severely damaged the mall. Although repairs were made and the mall reopened, sluggish sales and empty stores followed for many years. Finally in April of 2004, the mall was torn down to make way for a “walkable community” called Silver Lake Village.

My one claim to fame to Apache Plaza is that many years ago during some some Saturday afternoon event at Apache, I had my picture taken in my Cub Scout uniform and that photo was put on the front page of the Northeaster newspaper. If I ever find that issue in my parents basement I’ll be sure to share it with you, it is pretty awesome.

Beaver - Ridgedale Mall

Walk and Talk from Disselk√łen and Knoll on Vimeo.

Walk and Talk by Disselkoen and Knoll

A foreign student engages in the morning routine of a group of senior Americans: the Mallwalkers.


Alright Paul, you can do this. You are in the Cat Lot at the North entrance of Ridgedale Mall, you have a general idea of what you need to buy, so you should be in and out real quick. At no point will you sit down in the atrium in the center of the mall, and make snide comments in your head about the “Real Housewives of Hennepin County” who are scurrying around you while you sip on some Caribou Coffee, potentially causing you to lose track of time, and forgetting why you came here in the first place, and leaving empty handed.

*deep breath*

Let’s do this.

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