Construction Begins!

Willard Thorsen was the mall's architect. The plaza's central court, larger than a football field, measured in at 350 feet long and three stories high. The court's roof was marked by ten inverted hyperbolic paraboloids, columns that resembled upside-down umbrellas. These dynamic concrete shells measured 65 by 71 feet, standing on single 28-inch square columns. This construction was extremely modern for its time, and is now historically representative of the era.

This striking 1961 photo shows the incredible modern design of Apache's interior. Judging by the scrawling on one of the beams, this is the Northern portion of the mall's center court (click on the picture for detail of the beam).

Here is a photo of the Southeast corner of the mall near the end of construction.

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