The Fort Saginaw Mall

The Fort Saginaw Mall was the first enclosed shopping mall in Saginaw, Michigan. It opened in 1966. K-Mart was one of the original anchor stores and remained as the final tenant before closing in 2004. Over the years it housed a Burlington Coat Factory, a Movie Theater, Federal’s, Norman’s Sporting Goods, 5-and-dime stores, a Pharmacy and more. Photos of the inside look beautiful in a mid-century kitsch sort of way.

Fort Saginaw Mall
Fort Saginaw Mall

I took this shot in 2008. I was new to urbex and really wanted to go inside this building. I never did go inside this dead mall. It was in a rough part of town. Just in the time that it took me to take this picture someone else pulled into the empty parking lot and started watching me. I didn’t know too many people in Saginaw that would be up for such an adventure at the time. In some respects this image serves as a reminder for me to take shots while I can. The building was demolished in 2009. Things can change rapidly. The area where this mall once stood, last I saw, was a field of grass.

I only took this one shot. I used my Graflex Pacemaker Speed Graphic with my Kodak Aero-Ektar lens on Polaroid Type 55 film. I didn’t even process the shot until I got home. It was cold out and I wanted the developing pod to come up to room temperature before I pulled it.


Speed Graphic with Aero-Ektar
Speed Graphic with Aero-Ektar

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