In the early 1960s, Dallas developer Raymond D. Nasher leased a 97-acre cotton field on the edge of town to build what would become the largest climate-controlled retail center in the world. While cows grazed across the street, NorthPark Center took shape as a work of art with clean, modern lines and open space to display the developers fine art collection incorporated into the design. On July 22, 1965, NorthPark Center officially opened with four anchors - Neiman Marcus, Woolworths, Titche-Goettinger and the largest JCPenney store in the Southwest.
Since that day, NorthPark Center has defined retail in the Southwest. Today NorthPark is consistently ranked among the top five shopping destinations in the country and, with more than 26 million visitors annually, has been named the top attraction in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex by the Dallas Business Journal and as one of the "7 Retail Wonders of the Modern World" by Shopping Centers Today. NorthPark's present anchors - Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Dillard's and Macy's - consistently perform at the top of their respective brands in sales volume.
In 1995 Raymond D. Nasher sold his stake in NorthPark Center to his daughter, Nancy A. Nasher, and her husband, David J. Haemisegger, who continue a bold legacy. They completed a 1.2-million-square-foot, $250 million expansion in 2006, returning to Omniplan, the architectural firm that originally designed NorthPark Center, to shape the expansion. The result utilized the sensibilities of the original design and materials, including a million bricks specially made in NorthPark's signature white color.