Prince George’s Plaza in 1959

This is Prince George’s Plaza  in the “Wonder Years” era. It was actually an open-air mall in those days. Reminds me of this mall photo we posted a while back.

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May 29, 1959. "Prince George Plaza, Hyattsville, Maryland. Night view." An actual mall (a long, open plaza) when it opened in 1959, the shopping center was enclosed in the 1970s and renamed the Mall at Prince Georges. Large-format safety negative by Samuel H. Gottscho.
May 29, 1959. “Prince George Plaza, Hyattsville, Maryland. Night view.” An actual mall (a long, open plaza) when it opened in 1959, the shopping center was enclosed in the 1970s and renamed the Mall at Prince Georges. Large-format safety negative by Samuel H. Gottscho.

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  • Pete_eats

    I believe DC’s largest brewer, Christian Heurich, used to have a farm/estate where PG Plaza is now.

  • This is almost a smaller carbon-copy of Wheaton Plaza, same stores, same design, built around the same time.

    I’ve been to PG plaza a few times, mostly in the 80’s. It’s always (well, from the 80’s) been an odd and troubled center. A low-rent, run-down strip mall in an area where there is VERY little shopping at all. It’s big brother, Landover Mall looked for years like it could have been in Detroit. After the Metro was built, everyone from PG went into DC for shopping.

    • Sheri

      I worked in PG Plaza in the early 80’s and resent it being called a strip mall. The stores were upper middle class and the area was still nice. Landover came around a Kong time after PG Plaza, and was never as nice.

      • Jeff Goldberg

        Sheri, where did you work?

        • Sheri

          I worked for GC Murphy for almost 2 years – first as the head of the electronics and small appliance department, and then in the cash office. I also worked for a T-shirt kiosk that was in the middle of the mall. I always loved being at PG Plaza and spent many nights dancing (and drinking…lol) at the Olde World Inn. I took buses there and home and always felt safe…:)

  • Old MD-DCer

    Flashback time….I spent endless hours hanging out at PG Plaza in high school. I can just see myself walking through this picture.

  • PG DC grownup kid

    It wasn’t renamed til the mid 2000s. Not in the 70s.