La Arcada Plaza: Then and Now

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Edhat reader Lynn shares photos of La Arcada Plaza from 1926 and now. 


Update by ALE

Much of the current appearance owes to the work of its owners these last 35 years, Hugh Peterson, and his heirs. Peterson loved art and sculpture, and he spent many years striving for "just the right mix" of tenants in
La Arcada's offices, retailers in its first-floor spaces, and art + landscaping that would "pull in" people strolling on State Street, or East Figueroa Street, to look and linger.

He loved "interactive art", and his public sculptures are among the most popular and recognizable in the city, as are his "turtle" fountain, and other water elements.

Peterson was a visionary owner-landlord, who set his rents and leases to be priced for long-term tenant stays, rather than get-rich-quick gouging. 

With all the conversation about "empty store fronts" on State, the City and other property owners, would do well to reconsider Hugh Peterson's formula for long term success.

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judee hauer Aug 28, 2019 02:03 PM
La Arcada Plaza: Then and Now

Thanks for the warmth of this place .....great spot and the interiors are also well designed.

salsa guy Aug 26, 2019 01:15 PM
La Arcada Plaza: Then and Now

An article on La Arcata without mentioning Doug Landwer (?) would not be complete. He worked on la arcata for years. He and Hugh Peterson planned the installations. The detail on the interior beams in the shops, the woodwork and cabinetry all were Doug. The la arcata and the Arlington plaza are really good examples of great landlords

a-1568892352 Aug 26, 2019 10:55 AM
La Arcada Plaza: Then and Now

Hi Rex The “Trust” did try to get their meat hooks on La Arcada but thankfully the owner declined. She knows better!

a-1568892352 Aug 26, 2019 08:41 AM
La Arcada Plaza: Then and Now

Look up definition of kitsch and see if La Arcada doesn't pop up. The original design does look nice but it has been so loaded down with glitz and facade that it has the appeal of a Victorian era woman's gown.

Factotum Aug 26, 2019 09:10 AM
La Arcada Plaza: Then and Now

Never confuse whimsy with kitsch; nor private property autonomy with government mandated aesthetics.

Factotum Aug 26, 2019 08:11 AM
La Arcada Plaza: Then and Now

New, edgy young architects trying to change the flavor of our town, take note. The 1920's Spanish inspired designs created town monuments of lasting beauty and inspired its signature look. Your boxy, industrial ,linear, cheapened ,computer-drawn designs will never be as beloved. They represent the same wrong turn Santa Barbara architecture took in the 1970's, when it tried to go stucco box car "modern". Marc my words.

tagdes Aug 26, 2019 08:36 PM
La Arcada Plaza: Then and Now

I like this clock better, would need some finials and filigree to be Marshall Fields.

REX OF SB Aug 25, 2019 11:40 PM
La Arcada Plaza: Then and Now

La Arcada Court, of course, is one of the true gems of downtown Santa Barbara. In its day, El Paseo courtyard was also remarkably beautiful and visitor-friendly. It's a tragedy that the "Trust" For Historic Preservation sold it down the river. Let's hope the "Trust" never gets its meathooks on La Arcada.

Sam The Dog Aug 26, 2019 08:56 AM
La Arcada Plaza: Then and Now

The Trust likes to freeze something in time forever, ignoring the rich history before and after that specific "point in time".

a-1568892352 Aug 25, 2019 10:43 PM
La Arcada Plaza: Then and Now

I do as much shopping for gifts as I can in Santa Barbara Arts in La Arcada. All the gifts are handmade and about 75% of the artists live in town.

taz Aug 25, 2019 10:33 PM
La Arcada Plaza: Then and Now

One of our Favorite places too! We find many reasons to go there - and the yearly La Arcada Christmas Walk is our start to the holidays. La Arcada has an eclectic group of shops and eateries, some fun sculpture, and a comfortable and attractive SB vibe. Thanks for the perspective between then and now...

a-1568892352 Aug 25, 2019 03:38 PM
La Arcada Plaza: Then and Now

This is one of my favorite places in SB. It's a good place to bring out-of-towers. It's close to the art museum, library and court house; there are several good restaurants in and around La Arcada, and some good gift shops; kids love the turtle fountain, and the dolphin sculptures they can climb on; and it's just overall charming and delightful.

Flicka Aug 25, 2019 02:26 PM
La Arcada Plaza: Then and Now

Very nice to see it hasn't been "messed with". Vines seem the only difference.

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