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Historical Houses of Ventura, California

Updated on April 22, 2016

Ventura Historical Houses

Historical Houses. My first experience of a large number of historical houses was when I first visited San Francisco and saw the Victorian homes on a hill. Many had porches. What a delight to have a porch where you could rock and sip a drink in the summer time. I remember as a kid visiting one of my dad brothers in Washington. They lived in Seattle and had a big house with a porch. It made such an impression on me.

I love the house featured here (Mary Mitchell House). The center window reminds me of a chess piece. It is one of many historical homes left in Ventura which reminds of the pioneers who settled this country.

Taylor McCord House

House to the right - located on Thompson Boulevard, Ventura

Historical Houses

Historical Houses

Olivas Adobe

The Olivas Adobe Historical Park is owned and operated by the City of Ventura. On the site is the Casa Grande, Great House, which is part of the extensive Rancho San Miguel property awarded to Raymundo Olivas as part of a Mexican Land Grant in 1842, by then Mexican Governor, Juan Bautista Alvarado. The site also has a smaller casa, built around 1865 that served many purposes and is presently part of a two million dollar retro-fitting and rehabilitation of both structures. The large house, built with adobe bricks, represents the Monterey Style so common with the wealthy during the California Rancho Period when the state was part of Mexico. The casa grande is furnished with period pieces and other décor representing the Victorian time frame. Olivas by the City of Ventura

By: Trip Advisor - Historical Buildings, Ventura

Ghosts in Ventura

Mary Mitchell House

Richardsonian Romanesque: Characterized by castle-like appearance, rough-faced, squared stonework cladding, towers with conical roofs, asymmetrical façade.


Anglo-American, English, and French Period Houses

Colonial Revival 1880 - 1955

Neoclassical 1895 - 1950

Tudor 1890 - 1940

Chateauesque 1880 - 1910

Beaux Arts 1885 - 1930

French Eclectic 1915 - 1945

Mediterranean Period Houses

Italian Renaissance 1890 - 1935

Mission 1890 - 1920

Spanish Eclectic 1915 - 1940

Monterey 1925 - 1955

Pueblo Revival 1910 - Present

Modern Houses

Prairie 1900 - 1920

Craftsman 1905 - 1930

Modernistic 1920 - 1940

International 1925 - Present


Home on Thompson Boulevard, Ventura


Downtown Ventura Apartments


PIRU MANSION - Queen Ann Style Home - On Park St., In Piru (Ventura County), California

Reno 911, a TV series, was the first client permitted to shoot film at the Mansion in four years of requests. The Mansion has been used in many films and TV products, including:

Mansion first floor

Newhall Mansion First Floor

* Murder, She Wrote

* The Incredible Hulk

* Charlie's Angels

* Payne

* Ping!

* American Wedding

* Reno 911

* and many more

Notable actors appearing in films shot at the Newhall Mansion include Shelley Winters, June Allyson, Buddy Ebsen, Ricardo Montalban, Robert Duvall, Patty Duke, James Garner, Angela Lansbury, Shirley Jones, John Larroquette and others.

Curved Window

The Mansion is located just 15 minutes from Valencia and the Santa Paula airport, 30 minutes from the beach at Ventura, and 40-55 minutes from both the Burbank Airport and LAX (Los Angeles International Airport).

Visit their web site: Piru Mansion

Back View Piru Queen Ann Style Mansion - Ventura County, CA

House on Santa Clara Street, Ventura

Loving those windows!

Poli Street, Ventura


Downtown Ventura (off Main St.)


Hidden Treasure

Too many trees and bushes. It takes away from the home.

Simple - But Nice Porch


Needs Some Tender Loving Care


A Church - Part of The Community


Victorian Home

Kalorama Street, Ventura

Bed and Breakfast

Poli Street, Ventura

Beautiful Home With A Wrap Around Porch


House on Figeroa Street, Ventura

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    • SayGuddaycom profile image


      6 years ago

      Great buildings here.

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      6 years ago

      The Winchester Mystery House is a much see!

    • brbrooks profile image


      7 years ago

      Nice lens, I love the Mary Mitchell house. It's so beautiful!

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      7 years ago

      Yes, thanks for visiting. I was recently in Philadelphia and you could walk down a street and see four or five different time periods in architecture. Give the age of the city, Philly kept building next to an older style of building....really gives a special flavor to the community.

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      7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Historical houses are always interesting to look at and become a part of our history. It's fascinating how historical architecture varies from one part of the country to another. For instance, you wouldn't find an adobe house in the NE. :) Enjoyed my tour here.

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      Mary Norton 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Old houses with character will always be my choice.

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      Mary Norton 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Old houses with character will always be my choice.

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      Tony Payne 

      7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Love the Piru Mansion, nicely done. I love looking at old houses, especially unique ones like these.

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      7 years ago

      This is a great tribute lens for the period and it is a fascinating lens featured now on Motivation

    • unstucktheory profile image


      7 years ago

      What a great lens! I love looking at all the old houses in our town too. There's just so much character in them, not to mention all the history behind them.

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      I love looking at old homes as I drive through a town. Can't get my hubby to stop for me to take pictures, so I've taken a lot on the fly.

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      Cynthia Davis 

      7 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Thanks for sharing these lovely historical houses and churches in Ventura. Beautifully done!

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      9 years ago

      Great topic and very interesting lens!

    • AppalachianCoun profile image


      9 years ago

      Beautiful lens. We put this on our must see list. Thank-you for all the wonderful pics. 5 stars*****

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      Sherry Venegas 

      9 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Nice peek into the old of Ventura.


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