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Northland Shopping Center was not the best or most significant piece of MidCentury architecture in the world or even in the St. Louis region. But it was solid, handsome, elegant, and not especially old or worn out when it was destroyed. Unlike many contemporary buildings, it wasn't even visibly dated. Northland Shopping Center was a noteworthy piece of architecture, and as it no one had both the money and the vision to step up and save it, it should at least be noted and remembered.
For me personally, the complex marked several significant points of departure: it got me looking at St. Louis beyond the city limits, it made me reconsider the auto-centric suburbs as places that could contain exciting discoveries, and it taught me to look and look again at buildings I might otherwise take for granted. Northland also taught me the sad lesson of Not Old Enough.
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