If you were ever in doubt that the city of Dallas gave birth to retail in the United States, doubt no more! Did you know that Dallas is the home of the very first planned shopping center in the country? Moving on from the concentration of retail department stores located in downtown buildings, area developers were coming up with new ways to bring retail to the masses.
Highland Park Village (HPV), which received its designation as a National Historic Landmark in 2008, was conceived by Edgar Flippen and Hugh Prather in 1928 and opened in 1931. According to the designation record:
“…Highland Park Shopping Village represents a pivotal point in the evolution of the shopping center as a distinctive building type in 20th century American architecture.”