What will be the fate of Jon Jerde’s iconic Horton Plaza?


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            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/05/0595970da953dd202b4a27146484ffeb.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Preservation advocates, including Docomomo US, have come out in strong support of retaining the site's unique postmodern elements, writing letters and urging the new owner, Civic San Deigo, the local economic development entity, and the San Diego Historical Resources Board to evaluate the project further and consider its historic significance.</p></em><br /><br /><p>To some Horton Plaza may appear to be an odd mix match of colors and structural directions, but to others, this postmodern complex is an architectural relic that should be preserved. Opening its doors in 1985, the plaza was designed as a place that would help revitalize <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/54693/san-diego" rel="nofollow" >San Diego's</a> downtown Gaslamp area during the mid-'80s. Although its overall appearance may not have screamed the traditional shopping center look, the plaza's opening drew in over 30 million visitors in its first year alone. With the success of the plaza's engagement, this allowed for the project's architect <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/195388/jerde-partnership" rel="nofollow" >Jon Jerde</a> and supergraphic designers <div class="post-limited-image"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f9/f96af918b553dfe2bd2b41457700b5ec.jpeg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></div>

Sussman and Paul Prejza to launch their careers in shopping mall design. 

Horton Plaza in San Diego, Image By Sandy Huffaker, Jr. Photography – The Jerde Partnership, Inc., CC BY 3.0

Aerial view of Horton Plaza, Image © Phil Konstantine

Horton Plaza in San Diego, Image © prayitno.hadinata

Jon Jerde, a Los Angeles based architect, was commissioned by developer Ernie Hahn to…

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