In the summers of 1977 and 1978 Steven Wilson was a young man working at McDonalds in Woodfield Mall. It was a seasonal job and, in his spare time, he indulged his appreciation of the architecture of the mall with his recent interest in 35mm photography.
With Mr. Wilson’s permission it is a pleasure to share some of his photos with the blog’s readers. You can view the photos on his Flickr account and see the grandeur of Woodfield Mall’s Center Court during that time.
Take note of the iconic piece of art that hung from the ceiling over Center Court. It has been gone for a while but the colors obviously worked with those of the carpeting. The same colors and elements of the design were also thematically reflected in the Woodfield Water Tower. It was obviously a planned theme.
Also interesting to note are the geometric themes carried out in the sunken stage, the ceiling and the art work. And, of course, you get a good view of the fountain, the crosswalks and the double escalators.
As far as stores go, I see Holland Jewelers, Johnson & Murphy shoes and Regal Shoes. Do you spot any other stores that you recognize? What, for instance, is the store next to Holland? Or the store that has rainbow colors to the right of Johnson & Murphy? If you can help with any names, it would be appreciated.
Many thanks to Mr. Wilson, author of the soon-to-be published Six Flags Great America, for these great photos. We are fortunate he picked up a photography hobby at the same time he was making Big Macs and french fries!
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library