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Address: 501 Poli St, Ventura, CA 93001
Phone Number: 805-654-7800
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Beautiful building! A must-see

The Ventura City hall is a beautiful building, both inside and out, as it overlooks California Street and the Pacific Ocean. If you are visiting on a weekday, be sure and explore... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Ventura, California
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Ventura, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Ventura City hall is a beautiful building, both inside and out, as it overlooks California Street and the Pacific Ocean. If you are visiting on a weekday, be sure and explore it. Be sure to notice the Friar's faces on the outside (some people say the faces are those of the building's craftsmen), the marble floors leading to the... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

I have been here many times for business and sightseeing. This is a beautiful building and it's very well-preserved.

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Redlands, California, United States
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

City Hall was once the one and only County Courthouse and slated for demolition because it did not meet modern seismic safety standards. Thankfully, it was rescued from that fate by the City of Ventura (San Buenaventura to be correct), who bought the building from the County and invested millions in it's restoration in the early 70's. It stands as... More 

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Flower Mound
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

We did a drive by of this location, the story to this building was very interesting, can't believe it was to be torn down at one time. It is a beautiful work of art.

Thank vacationrooms
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

downtown Ventura is full of nice historic buildings. This is the top one. Use it to start a shopping/browsing/eating tour of old Ventura. Lots of restaurants--many with outside seating. Lots of shops--no chains. Almost no empty buildings this old downtown is doing well. It would be even nicer without the homeless, but they do not seem menacing in any way--just... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

The area of downtown had lots of nice looking buildings and a view of the ocean - sits on the side of hill. But - there were homeless people everywhere. Good weather and a welfare state my attract them.

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Orange, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

As others have said, this is a rather impressive building for this city. You'll likely stumbled upon it when downtown and it is impressive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

I moved here from Alaska and had never seen such a beautiful building in my life. I was doing some community service and ended up being surprised by all the beautiful artwork displayed through the building! Must see!!

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Clayton, CA, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

We used the Visitors Center Historic Walking Tour Guide and visited the Ventura City Hall. It is a beautiful building with wonderful art. We also got to see the City Council Chambers and really was impressed with the stain-glass pieces in the ceiling. Very impressing building and nice people that volunteered information about it.

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Ventura, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Maybe not a destination...but it's worth it when you're there. Grand building seemingly misplaced in this sleepy beach town. Lots of marble...and city offices. :)

Thank Marty G

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