The city of Santa Ana was born by the vision and dedication of founder William H. Spurgeon. The Historic Downtown District is roughly defined by Ross to French streets and First to Civic Center streets. Art Deco is the most prominent architectural type in downtown Santa Ana (DTSA) where Orange County’s first Courthouse, now a museum, is also located.
Over the years, DTSA has undergone many changes. The major sections that divide DTSA are, The Artist Village, Historic 4th Street (La Calle Cuatro), The West End and The East End.
The Artist village is a thriving area of art galleries, studios, creative offices, as well as home to several popular restaurants. Located on Second Street at Broadway, in the heart of historic downtown Santa Ana, the village extends from First Street to Fourth Street, and Bush Street to Birch.
The centerpiece of Santa Ana’s Historic Downtown Corridor is the Historic 4th Street (Currently known as Calle Cuatro Marketplace, East to West from Grand Ave to Sasser Park).
The West End corridor (located between Ross Street and Broadway) is home to many historic buildings and is lined by lounge cafes, coffee shops, jewelers, craft breweries, retail, and barber shops. The middle of Calle Cuatro also boasts a variety of business and retail outlets.
The East End of the corridor is home to restaurants and entertainment venues such as The Playground (started by former Great Food Truck Race winner Chef Jason Quinn) and the refurbished Yost Theater. To compliment the expanding food scene of DTSA, The 4th Street Market has opened, in the spirit of indoor food markets like Grand Central Market in Downtown Los Angeles.