Opened in the 1950s, Winter Park Mall was promoted as one of the largest enclosed shopping centers in the south. It was known for its imposing centerpiece, a spectacular chalice-shaped fountain under a skylight ceiling.
While the mall was popular with locals during the 60s and 70s, it eventually fell on hard times in the 1980s when it couldn’t compete with the city’s popular main drag, Park Avenue and all of its stylish boutiques and restaurants.
Winter Park Mall closed up shop in the late 1990s and most of the building was demolished. A few years later, the mall was replaced with Winter Park Village, an open-air lifestyle center complete with restaurants like the Cheesecake Factory, shops, a grocery store, offices, apartments and a movie theater.
The new development looks nothing like the old Winter Park Mall of just a couple decades ago. I think I speak for everyone when I say it’s a real shame they couldn’t find a way to keep that cool fountain from centre court.