Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - shopping malls

Designers: [unspecified]

Dates: [unspecified]

North 3rd Street
Downtown, Yakima, WA

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North 3rd Street to Naches Avenue, between East Yakima Avenue and A Street.

Architectural historians Sally Woodbridge and Roger Montgomery said in their Guide to Architecture in Washington State of the Yakima Mall in 1980: "Not interesting aesthetically as architecture, but sound planning well fitted into the urban fabric and decently embellished with a little decorative plaza on the axis of Fourth Street." (See Sally Woodbridge and Roger Montgomery, Guide to Architecture in Washington State: An Environmental Perspective, [Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1980], p. 379.) Designers conjoined the pre-existing Bon Marche Department Store to this new megastructure. During the 1960s-1980s, numerous American cities attempted to revitalize failing central business districts by building enclosed, suburban-type malls in the central city. Most did not succeed in hybridizing the suburban and urban commercial experience.

PCAD id: 16638