• Charles John and Bertha Segerstrom (grandparents of Henry Segerstrom) emigrate to the U.S. from Sweden, first settling in St. Paul. They soon move to Santa Ana, Calif., and have a total of 11 children.
• C.J. Segerstrom begins amassing land in Orange County, starting with a 10-acre acquisition. The family begins a farm and eventually becomes the largest grower of lima beans in the country.
April 5, 1923
• Henry Thomas Segerstrom is born, the second of two children of Anton and Nellie Ruth Segerstrom. (His sister is Ruth Ann Segerstrom.)
• Henry Segerstrom enlists in the U.S. Army at age 19, after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He rises in rank from private to captain in field artillery and is awarded the European Theater of Operations Medal with Battle Star, the Purple Heart and the Good Conduct Ribbon.
• Segerstrom, having graduated from Stanford Business School with an M.B.A., joins C.J. Segerstrom & Sons, which at the time was focused on agriculture. It eventually becomes a real estate development company.
• Henry marries Yvonne de Chaviney Perry. They have three children: Andrea, Toren and Anton. (The marriage ends in divorce in 1981.)
• May Co. and Sears open on the family’s land, marking the start of the Segerstrom family’s foray into retail.
• South Coast Plaza opens with 70 stores on March 15.
• The first expansion brings Bullock’s and 60 more stores to the center.
• South Coast Plaza begins introducing luxury retailers. The first is Courrèges.
• South Coast Plaza’s Concierge Program begins.
• Yves Saint Laurent, Halston and Mark Cross open.
• Henry marries arts patron Renée Mary von Issenberg. (She dies in 2000.)
• Henry’s son Anton Segerstrom officially joins South Coast Plaza.
• Segerstrom Hall, a state-of-the-art performing arts center, opens, with soprano Leontyne Price singing the “Star Spangled Banner” and Zubin Mehta conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
• Second expansion: Crystal Court wing opens with 60 stores.
• Orange County Performing Arts Center opens.
• First overseas tourism outreach trip, a collaboration with the State of California and Japan, takes place.
• The Bridge of Gardens and Garden Terrace, designed by renowned landscape architect Kathryn Gustafson, opens.
• Henry marries his third wife, the former Elizabeth Macavoy.
• South Coast Plaza marks its 35th anniversary and surpasses $1 billion in annual sales.
• Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall opens at the Orange County Performing Arts Center.
• South Coast Plaza completes a $35 million interior renovation project including all-new flooring, teak seating and the addition of two glass observation elevators in Jewel Court.
• South Coast Plaza marks its 40th anniversary.
• The Penthouse, South Coast Plaza’s new luxury level, makes its debut adjacent to Nordstrom on Level 3. Christian Louboutin, Oscar de la Renta, Marché Moderne and Canali are the first Penthouse tenants.
• South Coast Plaza is the first shopping center in the U.S. to install state-of-the-art charging stations for electric vehicles.
• South Coast Plaza introduces center-wide Lunar New Year celebrations.
• Orange County Performing Arts Center changes its name to Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
• South Coast Plaza, marking its 45th anniversary, becomes the first U.S. shopping center to accept the China Union Pay Card.
• South Coast Plaza records $1.5 billion in annual sales.
• The Segerstrom Center’s long-standing relationship with the American Ballet Theatre is celebrated with the world premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s “Firebird.”
• Henry Segerstrom dies at age 91.