Highland Park Village — The Original Model

by Paula Bosse

hp-village_model_gallowayDallas’ most exclusive shopping destination (click for huge photo)

by Paula Bosse

The model of the Highland Park Shopping Village (“9 Acres of Property”) was, for many years, on display in the sales office of the Flippen-Prather Realty Co., the company that developed Highland Park and this beautiful shopping “village.” (I’m not sure where this photo was taken — it looks like a Flippen-Prather promotional table set up in an exhibition space of some sort.) Construction began on the shopping area in early 1930 and took several years to complete.

Below, a slightly closer look at this cool model, complete with little cars (but no little people…).

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The photo — courtesy Hugh Prather, Jr. — is from the really wonderful book The Park Cities, A Photohistory by Diane Galloway (Dallas: Diane Galloway, 1989). (This is an essential book for anyone interested in historic photos of Dallas and the Park Cities. If you come across a copy priced under $30.00, snap it up! As of this writing, there are currently three such oversized oblong paperback copies available at Alibris and Amazon….)

Previous posts on the earliest days of Highland Park Village:

  • “Highland Park Village: Original Renderings and Models,” here
  • “Highland Park Shopping Village,” here

Click pictures for larger images.

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