It was called City Place, and upon opening in 1992, local boosters called it the savior of downtown Silver Spring. Of course, we remember what happened next: anchor tenants leaving, vandalism, the occasional shooting and, more recently, the mall's sale to a new developer, who may or may not embark on a massive expansion in the works for over twenty years.
But the idealism (and the 80's-era excess! Look at all the chrome and neon!) that City Place represented can still be found in these twenty-year-old photos from the website of McLean-based firm ACG Architects, who designed the mall. Their more successful projects include the renovation of an office building at Wayne and Georgia avenues; the Silver Spring Innovation Center at Georgia and Blair Mill Road; and Turnberry Tower in Rosslyn, the tallest condominium building in Greater Washington.