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“Beautiful view from the front steps”
Review of Ventura City Hall

Ventura City Hall
Ranked #7 of 71 things to do in Ventura
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Las Vegas, Nevada
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Beautiful view from the front steps”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

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

Visited May 2014
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Ventura, California
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20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Where is the Native American influences?”
Reviewed 14 May 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 the plaster! The best thing about this place is that the restrooms are the best in town. So if you need a place to do some dooty do it here! They could absolutely improve it buy having some of the Chumash influence represented; instead of the dirt lot on Thompson where the current Chumash Memorial Park is. What they do have is a gargantuan bronze sculpture of a Catholic priest that supposedly "settled" the place. I checked out several of the memorials in Ventura it seemed more like exploitation of workers for industry nothing to celebrate. I don't believe I have ever noticed any Chumash artifacts at City Hall this does not fully represent the cities citizens or the true nature of Ventura.

Visited November 2013
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Ventura, California
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Amazing Historical Building”
Reviewed 13 March 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.

Visited March 2014
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Albany, New York
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Very attractive City Hall”
Reviewed 1 February 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 three stained glass domes and lovely views of the Pacific Ocean in the distance. In front of the City Hall is bronze statue of Padre Junipero Serra.

Visited January 2014
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San Diego
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129 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“Beautiful”
Reviewed 8 September 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 it out.

Visited August 2013
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