At 50, Severance faces challenges

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  • An aerial view of the Severance estate from the west in 1949. Courtesy of the Cleveland Memory Project.

  • An aerial view of Severance Mall soon after it opened in 1963. Except for the Austin Company’s campus, the perimeter sites were all still undeveloped.

  • An undated interior shot of Higbee's Severance store.

  • A view of Halle’s mall entrance in 1982, the last year of the chain’s existence. [Note that the script used in the sign matches the script used by Marshall Field’s, which at that point had owned Halle’s for a dozen years.]

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