Icons or Inconsequential?

The Los Angeles Times has an interesting article today about Orange County, and what architecture people use to define it.

In it, the reporter asks various notable people to list three pieces of architecture that for them, put Orange County on the cultural map. The responses vary widely, from the Crystal Cathedral to Balboa Pavilion to the Matterhorn. Someone even mentions the Huntington Beach Pier.

It all ties into the opening tonight of the officially named Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. The Segerstrom family has made its mark upon Orange County, and continue to do so with this building. Does it rival the Disney Concert Hall? I can’t say as I haven’t seen Segerstrom Hall yet, other than in pictures. Although I did think the hype surrounding the Disney Hall was a bit overmuch. Although nice to look at (and some would even debate that) it was by no means totally original, as it looks to my amateur eye to simply be a copy of Gehry’s Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain.

But, back to the architecture question. If I were to pick three pieces that are iconic to Orange County, I would have to include the Matterhorn, the Huntington Beach Pier, and Mission San Juan Capistrano.

Which ones would you pick?

2 Comments so far

  1. Michael Doss (unregistered) on September 15th, 2006 @ 11:55 am

    I tend to think of the “skyline” of buildings around South Coast Plaza, the view of Saddleback from most of central county, and lately the ferris wheel at the Spectrum.

  2. Gina (unregistered) on September 15th, 2006 @ 1:22 pm

    After posting this, I just remembered the big “A” at Angel Stadium. I think that qualifies as architecture!

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