Highland Park Village
pened 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.