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501 Poli Street
Ventura, CA 93001

Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. M-F

Built by Los Angeles architect Albert C. Martin, in 1912 in the "beaux-arts" style, City Hall features neo-classic columns, arched windows, and terra cotta facade decorated 24 faces of Fransiscan padres, the order that founded the city in 1782.

The foyer features an Italian marble stairway that boldly leads to what was once the Superior Courtrooom. (Which why some signs still point to the "Courthouse" aka City Hall).  Now the City Council Chamber, it is graced with three stained glass domes, a gift from the architect. The city purchased the property and opened it as City Hall in 1972.

The statue of Padre Junipero Serra that graces the boulevard in front of City Hall is a bronze of a wooden sculpture that is quite striking.


Southbound: From the 101 take the Main Street exit.  Turn right at the bottom of the ramp.  Turn right when you reach California Avenue.  The City Hall is at the end of the road.

Northbound: From the 101 take the California Avenue exit.  At the top of the ramp you will bear right (be careful as this is an relatively unmarked intersection) and then go straight towards City Hall.