South Coast Plaza at 50
Beginning with humble farmland, the Segerstrom family converted their parcels into real estate holdings in Orange County during the 1950s, eventually unveiling South Coast Plaza in 1967 where lima beans once grew. Fifty years later, South Coast Plaza is known as a mecca for luxury and style. Not only is it the largest shopping destination on the West Coast where many top-performing international retailers flourish, but South Coast Plaza also is the most successful planned retail center in the United States, attracting more than 20 million people every year who collectively spend close to $2 billion. Early on, the Segerstroms envisioned developing more than just a place to shop. The family and South Coast Plaza were pivotal in creating a cosmopolitan center for culture and arts for the county, inviting artists and architects such as Isamu Noguchi, Richard Serra, Victor Gruen and Cesar Pelli to give life to that vision. The result is a campus that includes South Coast Repertory, the future location of the Orange County Museum of Art, and Segerstrom Center for the Arts, home to the Pacific Symphony, American Ballet Theatre, Philharmonic Society of Orange County and Pacific Chorale. South Coast Plaza is a retrospective book that celebrates the center’s 50 years and traces the heritage and transformation of this incredible landmark into an unparalleled commercial and cultural icon.