🚶🏻Fashion Island | Newport Beach | Orange County | California | 🇺🇸USA [4K] WIDE
1953, 50,000 ATTEND NATIONAL BOY SCOUT JAMBOREE
The Irvine Ranch hosts the third annual National Boy Scout Jamboree welcoming some 50,000 Scouts from all over the world. It was the first international gathering of Scouts in the West and took place in part on what is now known as Fashion Island. The event gave Jamboree Road its name.
📅 Recording Date: June 25. 2021
⏱ Recording Time: 05:00 PM
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Opened in 1967 as part of Newport Center, the center featured four department stores: Buffum’s, J. W. Robinson’s, The Broadway, and J.C. Penney. These four initial buildings were designed by architects William Pereira and Welton Becket, and were flanked by several smaller stores. The Spanish architectural theme which would later define the property was evident in the Robinson’s building. Bullocks Wilshire (which later became I. Magnin) opened in August 1977 and Neiman Marcus opened in March 1978. J.C. Penney closed its doors in April 1982, and the building it occupied was reconstructed and reopened as “Atrium Court,” which contained numerous smaller shops and a food court on the lower level.
Fashion Island shopping area
The southwest entrance to Robinson’s features a bronze wind-chime sculpture by mural artist Tom Van Sant, installed in September 1967, that was recorded by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest wind chime. (Possibly supplanted by Eureka Springs, Ark. in 2007.)
In 1988, the center underwent a major expansion and renovation based on the design of Jon Jerde, adding the Island Terrace Food Court, an eight-screen movie theater, and three new avenues of shops, all of which converge in a circular courtyard with an animated fountain that shoots jets of water up to 30 feet (9.1 m) high. Known as the “Iris fountain”, it was created by WET Design.
In February 1990, the Bullocks Wilshire store became an I. Magnin. Buffum’s closed in May 1991 due to the chain being liquidated, and its space was later subdivided into smaller stores. The Robinson’s store became a Robinsons-May store in January 1993 due to both J. W. Robinson’s and May Company California merging to form the new chain. I. Magnin closed in January 1995 due to the chain being liquidated, and the site became a Bullock’s Women’s Store in June of that same year. The Bullock’s Women’s Store became a Macy’s Women’s Store in 1996. The last original anchor store The Broadway closed in 1996 due to the chain being purchased by Macy’s and liquidated, and the site reopened as one of the first Bloomingdale’s stores on the West Coast in the fall of that same year.
In the early 2000s, the center underwent additional minor renovations resulting in the alteration and replacement of landscape elements, building facades, outdoor furniture, and floor materials to better reflect the Mediterranean theme. Included in this renovation was the installment of a carousel and a new wing with restaurants and shops, although the carousel was removed in January 2010 as part of major renovations of the center.
The Federated-May merger in 2006 greatly affected Fashion Island, resulting in the closure and demolition of the 80,000 square feet (7,400 m2) Macy’s Women’s Store and conversion of the former Robinsons-May into a full-line Macy’s store.
On January 29, 2008, Nordstrom announced that it had signed a letter of intent to open a 138,000 sq ft (12,800 m2) store in 2010 in the former Macy’s Women’s Store location. On April 16, 2010, Nordstrom officially opened at Fashion Island.
In 2009, the Irvine Company began a $100 million renovation of the property.
On September 12, 2012, Whole Foods Market (a few years before its acquisition by Amazon) opened on the east side of the mall near Barnes & Noble. The store is estimated to be 32,000 square feet in size and includes a bar and restaurant.