Suburban Square

Suburban Square

Montgomery Avenue, Ardmore

No less an authority than the Guinness Book of World Records honored this square as America’s first shopping center. Designed in 1926 by the architectural firm of Dreher and Churchman and constructed from 1927 to 1931, it has been anchored at the center by a building neighbors simply dubbed “the skyscraper,” home to the Main Line Daily Times and one of the tallest buildings outside Philadelphia up until that time. Strawbridge & Clothier opened its very first suburban branch in this center; Strawbridge’s is still there today. The Art Deco shopping center opened in 1931 as Hestobeen Square, named for three of its developers. In 1936, a contest was held to rename the shopping center, a name that has thankfully stuck: Suburban Square.