Paseo Nuevo: cinemas on the right
Looking southwest along Cañón Perdido Street past the former Nordstrom
Looking southeast from Cañón Perdido Street past the former Nordstrom with the length of the mall behind it
"North Court" plaza at Paseo Nuevo

34°25′08″N 119°42′02″W / 34.419°N 119.7005°W / 34.419; -119.7005 Paseo Nuevo is an 458,000-square-foot (42,500 m2)[1] open-air shopping center in downtown Santa Barbara, California. It is integrated into the street grid on and around lower State Street, both in terms of its Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, but also in that its pedestrian promenades, are similarly positioned mid-block at right angles to the surrounding streets, as are the traditional alleyways of the city's downtown.

The center opened in 1990, was anchored by Nordstrom and a 140,000-square-foot (13,000 m2) Broadway department store.[2] The mall was built by the Santa Barbara City Redevelopment Agency, and John Field was the architect.[3]

The Broadway was converted to Macy's, which closed in 2017. That building is, as of mid-2020, still empty, and is now referred to as the Ortega Building. The Nordstrom closed in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. Plans were put forward in 2019 for the center's renovation and repositioning.[1] With the closing of Nordstrom, plans were presented to convert that space to housing and a hotel.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b "A Classic Reinvented: Paseo Nuevo Renovations Underway: Renovation of Paseo Nuevo Plans Revealed" (Press Release), Paseo Nuevo website
  2. ^ "The Broadway to Open Friday". Lompoc Record. August 16, 1990. p. 3. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  3. ^ "A mall for Santa Barbara". The Sacramento Bee. June 24, 1989. pp. F4. Retrieved January 1, 2021.
  4. ^ Molina, Joshua (June 17, 2020). "Management of Paseo Nuevo in Santa Barbara Considering Housing, Hotel for Nordstrom Building | Business". Noozhawk. Retrieved September 21, 2023.
  5. ^ Welsh, Nick (September 20, 2023). "Santa Barbara City Council Excited to Rebuild the Paseo Nuevo Mall". The Santa Barbara Independent. Retrieved September 21, 2023.