New Festival Façade Wins Award

Proposed new facade to the  festival grounds.
Proposed new facade to the festival grounds.

The designer of the Festival of Arts’ new façade, Bauer architects of Newport Beach, has been presented an award of merit in the un-built category by the Orange County chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

“There is no greater honor than peer recognition,” said Jay Bauer, founder of Bauer Architects.

The award comes as the Festival of Arts is preparing to break ground on the façade project on Monday, Oct. 13.

In addition to a new facade, the current $3.5 million project now includes a reoriented entrance into the grounds, an entrance canopy, a pedestrian promenade, seating elements and added landscaping, according to a city staff report on the project, which received City Council approval in August.

“I am pleased that Bauer Architects received the recognition that they deserve. It is a pleasure working with such a professional, innovative and creative team,” said Festival of Arts President Fred Sattler, who pledged that a new, functional structure will be ready by next summer’s art show and Pageant of the Masters’ production. He described the renovation as the first step in a broader beautification effort by city officials for the streetscape along Laguna Canyon that adjoins three art festivals and the still-in-development village entrance

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