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Three Commemorative Plates featuring scenes from Northland Center.

Detroit (actually Southfield) nd (1950s?) 3.75 x 3.75, edges curved upward, trimmed in gilt, colored images in the center, silk ribbon threaded openings on the reverse (for hanging on the wall), "World Creations by Orimco" Japan. Light wear else good. There are three separate scenes, one per plate: exterior of Northland and adjacent parking area filled with cars; an exterior court with sculpture gardens and the front of a Kresge store; another exterior area where the predominant feature is a sculpture of a child riding a bear which was designed by Marshall Fredericks. Northland Center, designed by Victor Gruen, opened in 1954 and was the first example in the U.S. of cluster type planning. Stores, restaurants, etc, were clustered together around garden courts and open areas; the surrounding parking area could hold 9,500 cars. Northland Center was in the forefront of the suburban mall "explosion" that took place after WWII which dealt a death blow to many downtown shopping districts, including Detroit's. All three for. . .


Book Id: 97-4573

Price: $25.00

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