1970’s Shopping Malls

Posted by Jakub

Fairlane Shopping Center Dearborn, MI
bay state west springfield, MA
Some people that you randomly come across like Jason Cawood just go around and collect, take, and share great vintage images that i’ve probably had on my computer for awhile now and I don’t know which images are his or if they’re from someone else, either way these 2 from shopping malls always caught my eye. I feel silly tagging this post “1970s malls” hah! if someone actually searched for that i’d be pretty amazed, now the ISO50 blog has that covered. On a side note, I never remember Fairlane looking soo impressive.

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ray says:

July 6, 2009 at 11:57 pm

wow Fairland Mall!

i remember seeing RoboCop there and feeling a huge sense of pride. haha

and that shit store Pazazz which was all about selling the worst neon crap ever.


thanks for posting that.


Neil Hamilton says:

July 7, 2009 at 12:57 am

Boards of Canada hail these old 9mm Canadian Film Board flicks as a big inspiration behind their music. (hence their name)


very says:

July 7, 2009 at 4:49 am

Looks a bit like lobby of Koryo Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea. Built around same time and kept in good shape since. Actually hotel lobbies were the only things in good shape on my visit…


mike cottone says:

July 7, 2009 at 5:38 am

I’ve never actually been to Fairlane (don’t get to Dearborn much), but Lakeside Mall in Sterling Heights looks like it may have been designed by the same architect. I remember it having the red carpeted “steps” and stage setup like that which was the play area for kids. It still has the angular black stone walls and planters as well. I’d love to see more of these!


Jamie says:

July 7, 2009 at 6:21 am

Going to Fairlane as a kid was like stepping onto the set of our own sci-fi TV show. My friend Eric and I would pretend the car was a transport and we were heading to “the station” for starship supplies.

The monorail to the Dearborn Hyatt, the waterfall and sculptures, the lightbulb and glass elevators, everything about Fairlane felt like the future in the present to this kid. Thanks a lot for posting this.


Josh says:

July 7, 2009 at 10:58 am

I just watched Logan’s Run for the first time last week, so this is timely. At first glance I thought these were stills from the movie.


Elizabeth Cassidy says:

September 10, 2009 at 9:54 pm

Can you believe I actually Googled “1970’s Malls”? Yours was the first to come up. We’re doing a play set in the 70’s, hopefully your images will be incorporated.


Ricky says:

March 23, 2010 at 3:12 am

great place and all showroom inside it are amazing, I am requesting the buyers please just visit once to enjoy the shopping here…


Daryl says:

May 19, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Wow!! I can’t believe you have a pic of inside of the old Baystate West!! Love it! Many fond childhood memories shopping there with the family on weekends. Do you by any chance have a pic of “The Shops-Baystate West” sign that used to be outside on the front of the building?