1969 - Newport Harbor Foundation, the first group in Orange County that strives to construct a cultural center for O.C., is established. Feasibility studies would determine that Newport Beach is not a suitable location.
1972 - Santa Ana-based group established with same purpose in mind. It would determine that a site near the confluence of freeways is more suitable.
1974 - South Coast Repertory receives a commitment from the Segerstrom Family for its Fourth Step Theater.
1978 - SCR moves into the $3.5-million Fourth Step Theater.
Guilds system set up under the direction of Georgia Spooner.
1979 - The Segerstrom family donates 5-acre site on which to build the Center.
1985 - The Segerstrom family announces gift of Richard Lippold's "Fire Bird" indoor/outdoor sculpture.