Indoor Rooftop Playground, Capwell Department Store, Oakland CA, 1912

A much earlier example is this 1912 indoor rooftop playground, complete with swings, slides, and sandbox, atop the Capwell Department Store in Oakland, which later merged with the Emporium.  Perhaps the origin of their interest in rooftop play?  These department store playgrounds are really interesting spaces with direct socioeconomic ramifications, ripe for study…anyone looking for a thesis topic? Do you remember a department store playground?  [source]

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