Gruen, Victor | Detroit Historical Society

On March 22, 1954, Northland Mall opened in Southfield. It was designed by Austrian-born architect Victor Gruen, who is considered to be the father of the shopping mall. Learn more in our online encyclopedia.

Gruen, Victor | Detroit Historical Society

Victor Gruen was an Austrian-born architect who is said to have been a pioneer in the design of shopping malls in the United States. He was born in Vienna in 1903, and he later went on to study architecture at the Vienne Academy of Fine Arts. He came to the United States in 1938 and settled in New Y…


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