This year is the 65th anniversary of the opening of Lakewood Center and its anchor tenant, the Macy’s building.
To celebrate, you can enter a drawing to take a unique small-group tour of special back areas of the historic Macy's building, including the rarely seen delivery tunnel under the mall that was designated a community bomb shelter during the Cold War years (shown in 1952 photo on home page).
The tour will be led by Lakewood Historian Emeritus Don Waldie on Saturday, October 21 and will include a first showing of a new collection of historic photos of Lakewood Center and the Macy's building.
The Macy's building at Lakewood Center was opened in 1952 as a May Company, and at the time it was a bold commercial innovation, as was the Lakewood Center mall.
(Photo of shoppers at the Lakewood May Company's opening day is shown above. Over 200,000 shoppers visited Lakewood Center during the opening weekend.)
Lakewood Center was the first regional shopping mall in the nation, and it was the world's largest shopping mall for several years. The May Co. building became a Macy's in 2006 and retains many of its original architectural features today. The building was designed by noted architect A.C. Martin & Associates, the firm which recently designed the tallest building in Los Angeles, the Wilshire Grand Center.
The Macy’s 65th Anniversary tour will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 21. Space is limited and is by reserved ticket only.
To enter the drawing for tickets, fill out the form at www.lakewoodcity.org/MacysTour or call 562-866-9771 extension 3123 by October 8. One submission per person. Employees of the City of Lakewood are not eligible to take part in the drawing. Winners will be notified on or about October 11.
Sixty-five years after its opening, Lakewood Center remains the 2nd largest shopping center in Los Angeles County. The mall has evolved with the times over its six decades, with innovations such as a successful Restaurant Row on Candlewood Street and the first-ever mall-based Costco. Just as it served the young families of the Lakewood region in the 1950s, Lakewood Center serves the families of the Lakewood region today.
The 65th Anniversary tour is sponsored by Macy’s, Lakewood Center and the City of Lakewood.