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E. Main Street, First National Bank (1930)

This gem was designed by the famed San Franciscan architect, H.H. Winner in
1926.  The building has become commonly known as the Erle Stanley Gardner
Building. Mr. Gardner was a lawyer in the late 1920s and early 1930s and it was
in his office on the third floor that he wrote the very first Perry Mason
novels, starting with The Case of the Velvet Claws.
 


2
Main St. (2005)

Surprisingly, this little section of Main looks much like it did in the 1930s.
 


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E. Santa Clara, Masonic Temple (1929)

While buildings around it have come and gone, the temple has hardly changed over
the last 75 years.
 


4
Masonic Temple (2005)

One of the tallest buildings in Ventura. The Ventura Masons are one of Ventura’s
oldest fraternal orders and formed in 1871. The building was dedicated Jan. 3,
1930.


5
Inside the Mason’s Temple (2005)

While the outside of the Mason’s Temple is relatively unremarkable, inside is a
different story. Large arched windows, high ceilings with painted beams, and
extensive use of well maintained wood throughout are characteristic of late
1920s architecture.
 


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S. Ash, The Jack Roos House (1898)

This elaborate home is Ventura Landmark #47.  The original owner was Jacque Roos,
president of the Great Eastern Company (which was located in what is now
Nicholby’s Antique Store and Night Club), from 1892 to 1910.  It is the most
opulent example of a Queen Anne cottage in Ventura.