Richland Mall 1986

ONTARIO -- When the Richland Mall was built in 1968 it was an absolutely state-of-the-art shopping experience. The enclosed indoor space was intended to be so futuristic it included even the outdoors … in an abstract artistic interpretation.

Then & Now: Richland Mall 1986

The sounds of rushing water from several fountains set the tone of “a natural glade” throughout the wings of the structure; and within the central area the plans called for soaring metal “trees” made of columns of dowel material that hit the ceiling and radiated out in a simulation of arching branches.

By the time the place was completed, the “trunks” of the metal trees had been deleted from the design; and what remained from the original drawings was the radiating spoke pattern of the tree’s crown reconfigured into a sort of sunburst that suspended over one of the fountains.

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Timothy Brian McKee is a featured columnist on our site every Saturday with a column titled Native SonEvery Tuesday, he taps into his knowledge and collection of historical photos and bring us Then & Now, a brief glance at the way things were.