Broken Skylights Turn A Dead Mall Into A Pastoral Snowscape

In Thailand, when an abandoned mall lost its roof, it filled with water, which attracted mosquito larvae, and then neighbors stocked it with fish. In Akron, Ohio, an abandoned mall lost its glass skylights, which meant that in the winter the building filled with snow. Here is your post-apocalyptic winter wonderland.


These photos were taken by Johnny Joo, a local photographer who explores and takes pictures of abandoned spaces. The snowscape is at Rolling Acres, a dead mall that has made some appearances here on Consumerist before. Another photographer kindly granted us the use his photos, which we’ve featured in Flickr Finds and in a post about dead malls, appropriately enough.


The last anchor store at Rolling Acres closed in 2013, but the main part of the mall closed in 2008.


This mall is entirely abandoned: the Akron Beacon Journal reports that it’s up for a sheriff’s sale next month since the owners stopped paying taxes years ago. That is planned for March 17, in case you’ve always wanted your own indoor snowboarding park.


Photographer captures images of snow in Rolling Acres Mall; city officials say mall is secure [Akron Beacon Journal]
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