Highland Park Village
Opened in 1931 amid much enthusiasm and attention, Highland Park Village is recognized as the first shopping center in America and the prototype for shopping centers across the country. According to the Urban Land Institute, Highland Park Village was the first development built on a single lot surrounded by parking areas with stores facing away from access streets. Uninterrupted by public streets, the Village hosts individual stores unified under one image, built and managed as a unit under single ownership. In March of 2000, Highland Park Village was designated as a National Historic Landmark. According to the U.S. Department of the Interior, the Village represents a pivotal point in the evolution of the shopping center as a distinctive form of 20th century American architecture.
The West Village
West Village has drawn raves since the opening of the first phase in 2001. New plans of expansion build on the successful concept consisting of a progressive street front, open-air neighborhood of shops and urban living spaces. You won’t find cookie-cutter themed concepts here, but instead, a handcrafted mix of interesting shops, restaurants and services.
In the early 1960s, developer Raymond D. Nasher leased a 97-acre cotton field on the edge of Dallas to build what was at that time the largest climate-controlled retail establishment in the world. He assembled a team of accomplished architects and designers who laid out the shopping center on an axis like a town and designed it from the ground up to properly display large works of art. When it opened in 1965 with its clean lines, attention to detail and elegant finishes, NorthPark Center’s international design and tenant mix forever changed the retail landscape in North Texas and the Southwest.