90 Years in 90 Days: Higbee's at Severance Town Center
90 photos that define Cleveland Heights
Cleveland Heights officially became a city in 1921. Cleveland Heights Patch is observing that 90th anniversary by compiling 90 photos to create an album of the city's past and present. We'll run the feature for 90 days, one photo at a time.
The idea for today's feature came from a Twitter request from Phillip Germany II, who asked for pictures of Severance Town Center in its heyday.
Severance Center, Ohio's first indoor shopping mall, opened on Oct. 17, 1963, to much fanfare. In fewer than six months, it contained 52 stores and was doing $1 million in business a week. This photograph shows the mall in 1970, when Higbee's (pictured) and Halle's were the anchors. After falling on hard times in the 1980s and 1990s, the shopping center was remodeled to its present appearance.
Source: Encyclopedia of Cleveland History