Located on a high bluff overlooking Newport Harbor in Newport Beach, Newport Center is a business, shopping and entertainment district referred that is home to Fashion Island. Created as the unofficial ?downtown? of Irvine Ranch, Newport Center was designed as part of a joint venture between William Pereira and Welton Becket.
While not much is known about the early history of the site, a considerable amount of petrified wood was found at the site during excavation for the first buildings. This indicates a small forest once existed in the area. These first buildings went up in 1967, with most of the center?s buildings being constructed in the 1970s. While the overall design of the center placed an emphasis on International Style architecture, the futurist Pacific Mutual Building was added in 1972. This went on to become one of Newport Beach?s most well-known architectural landmarks.
纽波特中心位于Jamboree，MacArthur和San Joaquin Hills公路与Pacific Coast Highway之间的一个大型城市街区。该街区的中央有一条称为“新港中心大道（Newport Center Drive）”的环形道路，而高层建筑则环绕着道路的外边缘。这条道路上有几家企业，包括：
? Acacia Research Corporation
? Irvine Company
? Janus Capital Group
? Pacific Life
? Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth
Newport Center Drive can be accessed by five outside roads, each of which is named after an island within the Channel Islands of California. These roads split the center into ?superblocks? that are built and leased as separate properties. Meanwhile, Fashion Island is located in the center of the circle. Owned by The Irvine Company, Fashion Island is an open-air lifestyle center that opened in 1967. At the time it was open, the center featured Buffman?s, The Broadway, J.W. Robinson?s and J.C. Penney, the buildings for which were designed by William Pereira and Welton Becket. The Spanish architectural theme has gone on to define the property.
自从时尚岛首次开业以来，布洛克威尔希尔便改名为I.Magnin，并增加了Neiman Marcus。彭尼（JC Penney）也搬了出去，之后重建了建筑物并将其重新开放为中庭（Atrium Court）。建筑物继续包含许多较小的商店以及较低层的美食广场。
In addition to being home to numerous stores, a large Christmas tree can also be found at Fashion Island every year. Located in the large courtyard outside of the Bloomingdale?s building, the tree is lit about a week before Christmas, an occasion that is preceded by extravagant holiday performances. Trees are taken from a private timber area near Mount Shasta and shipped to Fashion Island in several pieces. They are then reassembled using steel rods and a large crane.