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Address: 501 Poli St, Ventura, CA 93001
Phone Number: 805-654-7800
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Although the primary government functions of Ventura County have moved across town, to me the old Ventura City Hall represents a grandeur that was not all that common in other... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 2, 2016
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Arlington, Virginia
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Arlington, Virginia
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80 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Although the primary government functions of Ventura County have moved across town, to me the old Ventura City Hall represents a grandeur that was not all that common in other country townships, and is still an excellent example of regional architecture. Situated up on the side of a hill that once was the "high road" in Ventura (Poli Street), the... More 

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Bakersfield, CA
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29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

I love this old building. My father was a court reporter there when it was the Court House prior to becoming City Hall. The third floor held the jail and all of us children were afraid of the shadows we saw in the windows. It is also rumored to be haunted, but I did not venture up to the top... More 

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Ventura, California
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

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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141 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
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
16 attraction reviews
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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71 reviews
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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.

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Napa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 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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Arkansas
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129 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
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 22 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 via mobile

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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