Tally Hall (Hunter's Square) - Farmington Hills MI

Address: 31085 Orchard Lake Rd
City: Farmington Hills
State: MI
Zip: 48334
County: Oakland
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I am referencing Tally Hall as a mall but it was really a large food court. It was also part of Hunter's Square Shopping Center. The hall was the original location of Marvelous Marvin's Mechanical Museum which subsequently moved to its own space in the same shopping center.

Personal recollection: I frequented this attraction many times in the 1980's. Some of the food stands were excellent and Marvin's was like nothing I had ever seen. Orchard Lake Rd is a bit of a mess now, but in those days you could attend a movie at the Old Orchard 3 or American West and hit Tally Hall for dinner which was a great date night for sure. According to the historical news articles, the place always struggled financially since opening. From what I recall, it was pretty busy in the early 1980's.

Modeled after Boston's Faneuil Hall, there were roughly 30 food vendors inside the mall. It was an open air concept in the sense the restaurants were basically stalls lined up around the perimeter with tables in the middle. There were decorative banners hanging from the high ceiling. Marvelous Marvin's was originally inside Tally Hall but eventually moved out. Marvin's outlasted the food court idea and is still going as of 2022.

The Tally Hall concept was also tried in Ann Arbor MI. I will probably post information on that here as I find more. There was also the Birmingham version at Piccadilly Mall. I am not positive that came to fruition but it was being planned in 1987.

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Tally Hall (Hunters Square) - OLD PHOTO OF ENTRANCE
OLD PHOTO OF ENTRANCE
Tally Hall (Hunters Square) - OLD PHOTO OF INTERIOR
OLD PHOTO OF INTERIOR
Tally Hall (Hunters Square) - RECENT PHOTO OF MARVELOUS MARVINS AS OF 2022
RECENT PHOTO OF MARVELOUS MARVINS AS OF 2022
Tally Hall (Hunters Square) - FEB 1987 ON STRUGGLING SALES AND MAKE-OVER
FEB 1987 ON STRUGGLING SALES AND MAKE-OVER
Tally Hall (Hunters Square) - FEB 1987 ON STRUGGLING SALES AND MAKE-OVER
FEB 1987 ON STRUGGLING SALES AND MAKE-OVER
Tally Hall (Hunters Square) -  MAR 27 1981 GRAND OPENING AD
MAR 27 1981 GRAND OPENING AD
Tally Hall (Hunters Square) - 1982 ARTICLE
1982 ARTICLE
Tally Hall (Hunters Square) - 2020 STREET VIEW OF LOCATION
2020 STREET VIEW OF LOCATION
Tally Hall (Hunters Square) - APRIL 1982 LISTING OF EATERIES
APRIL 1982 LISTING OF EATERIES
Tally Hall (Hunters Square) - OCT 1985 ARTICLE ON BIRMINGHAM LOCATION
OCT 1985 ARTICLE ON BIRMINGHAM LOCATION
Tally Hall (Hunters Square) - OCTOBER 1986 ARTICLE
OCTOBER 1986 ARTICLE
Tally Hall (Hunters Square) - SEPT 1980 ARTICLE ON MALL
SEPT 1980 ARTICLE ON MALL
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