NorthPark Center is celebrating its 50th year as a local landmark in August, but its beginnings create a storied past.
It all began with co-owner Nancy Nasher’s mother, who was a Dallas native. She met Nasher’s father in Boston, and the couple returned to the bride’s hometown with lofty goals.
“He taught himself the real-estate business,” Nasher said of her father, Raymond. “They saw this 95-acre cotton field, which was part of the Caruth homestead and owned by the Hillcrest Foundation.”
The initial plan was to purchase the land outright. When that didn’t work, they settled on a 99-year ground lease. The...