Houston history: What the Galleria looked like in 1970
The mall that offers more than just a shopping experience
HOUSTON – Since 1970, the Galleria has been a family destination for many Houstonians and visitors from all around the world.
Credited as Texas’ largest shopping center, the Galleria consists of more than 400 fine stores and 60 eateries.
And, it’s more than just a shopping destination. The mall serves as a source of entertainment, hospitality and office space.
Located in the Uptown district of Houston, the indoor shopping center was developed by Houstonian Gerald D Hines, who took inspiration from Italy’s oldest active shopping mall, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.
On Nov.16, 1970, the 600,000 square-foot development opened its doors to the public with its anchor store, Neiman Marcus.
At the time, the mall consisted of the Post Oak Tower and an indoor ice-skating rink, becoming the first Texas mall with an ice rink.
In 1971, the mall added lodging and opened the Houston Oaks Hotel, now the Westin Oaks.
Throughout the years, the Galleria has expanded in size, adding multiple wings and a few former anchors including Frost Bothers, Lord & Taylor, Marshall Field’s, Foley’s and Macy’s at Sage.
The mall even served as a backdrop for our very own Houston Life from 2016 to 2018.
Today, the Galleria continues to entertain more than 30 million visitors each year. It houses a variety of fine stores, restaurants, two high-rise hotels, two swimming pools and even a Little Galleria play area.
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