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Mall of America

In his final term as Governor of Minnesota, Rudy Perpich set out to extend the economic fortunes of the state by bringing the world to Minnesota. The Mall of America was one of several means to that end and followed on other projects that he led: the establishment of the World Trade Center in St. Paul, a state visit by Russian Premier Mikhail Gorbachev, and the selection of the Twin Cities as the Super Bowl venue in 1992. The Mall of America was opened in 1992 on land formerly occupied by the Metropolitan Sports Arena and Met Stadium, the original home of the Minnesota Twins baseball team. At that time, the "Mall" was the second largest shopping and entertainment complex on the continent, exceeded in size only by the Edmonton Mall in Canada, both having been developed by the Triple Five Group, Ltd., a company of five brothers of the Ghermezian family. The Mall of America, covering about 2.7 million square feet, is seven times the size of Yankee Stadium and is located in Bloomington, Minnesota, at the intersection of Interstate 494 and Highway 77, near the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. In its early years, customers from abroad took advantage of one-day shopping excursions promoted cooperatively by the Mall and the airlines.

GET STARTED WITH SECONDARY SOURCES:

  • "From Southdale to the Mall of America: Urban Models for Cities of Our Time," by Edgerton Martin.
    In Hennepin History, vol. 51, no. 3 (summer 1992), pp. 4-14.
    MHS call number: Reading Room F612.H52 H42 v.51:3.
  • The Mall of America: Reflections on a Virtual Community, by Eric Nelson.
    Lakeville, Minn.: Galde Press, 1998.
    MHS call number: HF5430.5.B5 M364 1998.
  • The Malling of America: An Inside Look at the Great Consumer Paradise, by William Severini Kowinski.
    New York: Wm. Morrow, c1985.
    MHS call number: HF5430.3 .K68 1985.
  • "Of Malls and Men: This Month the Twin Cities Will Experience the Grand Opening of Mall of America, A Retail/Entertainment Complex of Unparalleled Proportions," by David Biemesderfer.
    In Northwest Airlines World Traveler, vol. 24, no. 8 (Aug. 1992), pp. 16-18, 20.
    MHS call number: HE9803.N65 C653 v.24:8.

PRIMARY RESOURCES:

  • Minnesota Department of Trade and Economic Development, Records of Commissioner Mark Dayton, 1983-1986.
    The Project Files include proposals by the Triple Five Corporation for the Mall of America in Bloomington. Many of these files complement those from Governor Perpich's office.
    MHS call number: See the black State Archives Notebooks — filed under Trade and Economic Development Department — for a detailed list of boxes and locator numbers (there are 10 boxes, but not all relate to this topic).
  • Minnesota Office of the Governor (Perpich) Briefing Books and Reports, 1978-1990.
    The collection includes a leather-bound presentation packet from the Triple Five Corporation for its proposed "Mall of America" in Bloomington.
    MHS call no.: See the black State Archives Notebooks — filed under Governor, Perpich, Rudy — for a detailed list of boxes and locator numbers (there are 5½ boxes, but not all relate to this topic).
  • Minneapolis Office of the Mayor (Fraser) Subject Files, 1979-1993.
    MHS call number: See the red State Archives Notebooks for local government — filed under Hennepin County, Minneapolis, Mayor, Fraser — for a detailed list of boxes and locator numbers (there are 36½ boxes, but not all relate to this topic).
  • Newspapers and periodicals that may be useful for this topic:
    • Minneapolis Star-Tribune (an index for articles published after 1970 is located in the Hubbs Microfilm Room)
    • St. Paul Pioneer Press Dispatch (an index for articles published in 1967 or after is located in the Hubbs Microfilm Room)
    • Architecture Minnesota
  • Visual Resources Database subjects that may be useful for this topic:
  • Check the library catalog for other materials.