Highland Park Village

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Highland Park Village
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Highland Park Village during the 2005 Christmas Season
Location Highland Park, Texas
Coordinates 32°50′9″N96°48′20″W / 32.83583°N 96.80556°W / 32.83583; -96.80556 Coordinates: 32°50′9″N96°48′20″W / 32.83583°N 96.80556°W / 32.83583; -96.80556
Address Jct. of Preston Rd. and Mockingbird Ln.
Opening date 1931;87 years ago (1931)
Developer Flippen-Prather Realty, Inc.
Management HP Village Partners, LP
Owner HP Village Partners, LP
Architect Marion F. Fooshee, James B. Cheek
No. of stores and services 101
Total retail floor area 200,000 square feet (19,000 m2) [1]
No. of floors 1
Parking 1,106
Public transit access DART Bus Route 36
Website www.hpvillage.com
Highland Park Shopping Village
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Highland Park Shopping Village
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Highland Park Shopping Village
Area 10 acres (4.0 ha) [2]
Architectural style Mission/Spanish Revival, Colonial Revival
NRHP reference # 97001393 [3]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP November 17, 1997
Designated NHL February 16, 2000 [4]

Highland Park Village is an upscale shopping plaza located at the southwest corner of Mockingbird Lane and Preston Road in Highland Park, Texas (USA) and was the first self-contained shopping center in America. The Highland Park Village was declared a National Historic Landmark in 2000. [2] [4]

Highland Park, Texas Town in Texas, United States

Highland Park is a highly affluent town in central Dallas County, Texas, United States. The population was 8,564 at the 2010 census. It is located between the Dallas North Tollway and U.S. Route 75, 4 miles (6 km) north of downtown Dallas.

Texas State of the United States of America

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Edgar Flippen and Hugh Prather, Sr. decided that Highland Park needed a shopping center that could function as a town square, the developers traveled to Barcelona and Seville, Spain as well as to Mexico and California, studying the architecture in order to plan a retail center for Highland Park.

They hired American architects Marion Fresenius Fooshee and James B. Cheek to design the center, which opened in 1931. After the death of Hugh Prather, Sr. in 1959, management of the Village was taken over by his sons, John Prather and Hugh Prather, Jr. In 1966, the Howard Corporation acquired the shopping center. Under its management, little attention was given to proper tenant mix, landscaping deteriorated, overhead wires began to criss-cross the property, inappropriate signage appeared, and tenants were permitted to make facade alterations that were not in keeping with the classical architecture of the Village. The distinctive Spanish arches were covered up and newer materials that did not blend with the basic stone and stucco began to appear.

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Marion Fresenius Fooshee was an American architect active in the Dallas, Texas (USA) area.

In 1976, the Howard Corporation decided to sell the Village and enlisted the help of the Henry S. Miller Company. Henry S. Miller, Jr. became attracted to the Village's unrealized potential. Miller had a sentimental attachment to the property because his father had been an associate of the Flippen-Prather Realty Company from 1917 to 1919 and a close friend of both partners, Hugh Prather and Edgar Flippen.

Henry S. Miller and partners acquired the property in 1976 for $5 million and was developed by the Henry S. Miller Company, which later became Henry S. Miller Interests. [1] Under Henry S. Miller, the sleepy shopping center quickly turned into a luxury shopping destination that became known for harboring the most premiere designer shops in Texas. Lesser known, local stores were replaced with Ralph Lauren and the state's first Chanel.

Henry S. Miller Company is one of the largest independent brokerage and property management firms in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Founded in 1914, the business and the metroplex seemed to grow together. In a 1999 editorial naming the leading 20 Dallasites of the 20th Century, Henry S. Miller was called "the master of real estate brokerage."

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Chanel S.A. is a French privately held company owned by Alain Wertheimer and Gérard Wertheimer, grandsons of Pierre Wertheimer, who was an early business partner of the couturière Coco Chanel. Chanel S.A. is a high fashion house that specializes in haute couture and ready-to-wear clothes, luxury goods, and fashion accessories. In her youth, Gabrielle Chanel gained the nickname Coco from her time as a chanteuse. As a fashion designer, Coco Chanel catered to women's taste for elegance in dress, with blouses and suits, trousers and dresses, and jewellery of simple design, that replaced the opulent, over-designed, and constrictive clothes and accessories of 19th-century fashion. The Chanel product brands have been personified by fashion models and actresses, including Inès de La Fressange, Catherine Deneuve, Carole Bouquet, Vanessa Paradis, Nicole Kidman, Anna Mouglalis, Audrey Tautou, Keira Knightley, Kristen Stewart and Marilyn Monroe.

On February 16, 2000, the shopping center was recognized as a National Historic Landmark and the center was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on November 17, 1997. [5]

National Historic Landmark formal designation assigned by the United States federal government to historic buildings and sites in the United States

A National Historic Landmark (NHL) is a building, district, object, site, or structure that is officially recognized by the United States government for its outstanding historical significance. Of over 90,000 places listed on the country's National Register of Historic Places, only some 2,500 are recognized as National Historic Landmarks.

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In 2009, Highland Park Village was purchased by Stephen Summers, Elisa Summers, Heather Washburne, and Ray Washburne for a record $170 million, the highest total price for a retail property of that year. [6] While retail in other parts of the country was hit hard by the recession, Highland Park Village managed to stay strong with the opening of Vince, a contemporary sportswear label and Leggiadro, a Manhattan-based luxury Italian store. The new owners replaced the former Banana Republic space with Texas' only Christian Louboutin and Diane Von Furstenberg.

Ray Washburne

Ray Willets Washburne is an American businessman, political fundraiser, and government official who formerly served as President and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

Christian Louboutin French shoe designer

Christian Louboutin is a French fashion designer whose high-end stiletto footwear incorporates shiny, red-lacquered soles that have become his signature. Initially a freelance designer for fashion houses, he started his own shoe salon in Paris, with his shoes finding favor with celebrity clientele. He has partnered with other organizations for creative projects including limited edition pieces, gallery exhibits, and even a custom bar. His company has since branched out into men's footwear, handbags, fragrances and makeup.

2013 saw the opening of Christian Dior, Tom Ford, and Alexander McQueen, Brunello Cucinelli, Ermenegildo Zegna, James Perse, as well as a new Saint Laurent Paris. [7]

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Tom Ford American fashion designer

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Alexander McQueen British fashion designer and couturier

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With the news of the Tom Thumb and Williams Sonoma closing in the center, many speculate a massive retail overhaul with multiple new boutiques for brands in search of stores in the area.The center hosted the "goop" brand pop-up store for the 2014 winter season collaborated with founder, Gwyneth Paltrow that brought mass attention to the center.

Currently the Village commands about $125 per square foot; placing it among the priciest retail locales in the state, although inexpensive relative to luxury retail areas in larger markets New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago. [8] Located near the wealthiest neighborhoods in the region, with Texas' first country club right next door, sales in Highland Park Village range from $1,000 per square foot to more than $1,500 annually. [9]


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Christian Louboutin in Highland Park Village

Highland Park Village is home to high-end stores for both men and women. Many are exclusives in Texas.

(* denotes only store in Texas)


The Village Theater, Texas' first luxury theater, is also found at Highland Park Village. When it first opened in 1935 its construction cost more than $100,000, which is over $1,700,000 inflation adjusted [10] and at the time was considered an astronomical amount. In 1979, the theater was renovated, with the balcony being converted into an additional screen. It was purchased by AMC Theatres in 1987, and the entire Art Deco interior was demolished, converting it into 11,000 square feet (1,000 m2) of retail space, and two brand-new theater screens upstairs. It was once again renovated in 2010. [11] The Village has a handful of dining options ranging from cafes and bistros to cheese and spirit shops.

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