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Ventura City Hall

501 Poli St, Ventura, CA 93001
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Ranked #11 of 20 Attractions in Ventura
Type: Government Buildings, Landmarks
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1,171 reviews 1,171 reviews
754 attraction reviews
271 helpful votes 271 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014 via mobile

This is likely the most interesting building in Ventura. Once the County Courthouse and Jail, it is now the City Hall. There is a modern annex to the rear which thankfully is kept out of view. The most interesting aspect of the facade are the multiple blank faces which line it. They were designed so that their expressions change according... More

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Oxnard, California
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32 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

On a hot day go inside and lean against the cool marble walls! Down a corridor to the left is an alcove with a beautifully carved statue of Father Sierra. Look high up on the column to the right of the statue and see the Chumash icon put there when the building was "blessed"

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

The architecture here is lovely. The facade is designed with a european influence, with the monk statues pay respect to the cities founders.

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Ventura, California
20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

The view is spectacular like most people have noted. However, the building itself has a sordid past; such as Ma Duncan being the last person to be sentenced to death in the state of California. It is said that she haunts it still! Look at the super creepy relief sculpture's outside the building as if she is coming out of... More

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Ventura, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Its an amazing building with all its history. The art work, sculptures are great. The view from the front down California St. to the Ocean is unbelievable. A wonderful experience.

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Albany, New York
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

As we explored the bistros and interesting small shops in Ventura on foot, we were drawn to the City hall: an imposing "beaux-arts" style 1912 white structure, located above the shopping district on Poli Street. Twenty four faces of Fransiscan padres adorn the facade and murals and other artwork line the interior walls. The second floor City Council Chamber features... More

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San Diego
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28 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

It is hard to explain how pretty this complex is. There's the excellent terra cotta exterior with monks heads all around, the exquisite marble thru out the interior, and the beautiful council chamber room. Out front is a wonderful sculpture of Fr. Serra and the whole thing looks out over the Pacific. It's free so take 30 minutes and check... More

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Stockton, California
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Wonderful, well kept building and grounds with information abounding. Wish all cities had the many activities found in Ventura

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Chatsworth, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

My friend and I spent July 4th visiting the Ventura City Hall and scouring the fun thrift stores and street vendors on Main Street. The City Hall is celebrating its 100 year anniversary. The beautiful marble and wood interior is something one does not see anymore in newer buildings. There is also a marvelous "huge" wood carving of Father Junipero... More

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Oxnard, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

That is what us hometown folks call our City Hall in a very affectionate manner. We love to look up the hill on California Street and see this great white edifice looking over our beautiful city! The architecture is fantastic inside and out so you will want to take a tour. If you get a chance to look into the... More

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