RPALA Group | Franciscan Plaza

Franciscan Plaza

Project: Franciscan Plaza


Location: San Juan Capistrano, CA


This privately-funded Historical District Redevelopment project is located at the heart of San Juan Capistrano. The City planners and townspeople wanted the scale and details to be in harmony with its Spanish Colonial and Mission style influence, which is intermixed with a variety of early California Main Street architecture and landscape architecture. The project encompasses one city block and contains a corner building with a three-tier network of retail and dining establishments overlooking a courtyard. The courtyard is set in an early California landscape theme of succulents, citrus, cacti, bougainvillea, geranium and giant specimen Ficus macrophylla branching above and below the various terraces and walkways of the inner court. The project also includes Verdugo streetscape, a cinema, parking garage, and Amtrak loading areas adjacent to the historic ‘Los Rios’ district. In coordination with the architect, the scope of our landscape design services included: All vehicular and pedestrian streetscapes, planter walls, drainage system, decorative fountains, landscaping, irrigation, stairs, plaza paving, landscape lighting, and other decorative site details.