San Diego

Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop in Gas Lamp District

San Diego, California

The Ghirardelli Chocolate Company is a manufacturer and marketer of premium chocolate products.  When opened its store in San Diego, Ghirardelli Chocolate wanted to create the ambiance of an old fashioned soda fountain.

Hayashida Architects worked with Ghirardelli Chocolate and the city Redevelopment Agency to restore the last Gas Lamp area historical movie theater, including the intricate neon movie marquee, and the art deco façade.

Ghirardelli-San Diego-1920 Theatre
Casino Theater in the 1920’s