From the Ventura City Hall Brochure:
"Between the first and second floor windows of City Hall are 24 faces. Made of terra cotta, they depict mendicant priests called brothers or friars. These happy friars, a popular detail of the era, add a bit of whimsy to the serious neoclassical facade and are also an historical reminder that the City of San Buenaventura was one of the nine original Mission towns founded by Father Junipero Serra and Franciscan friars in 1782."
Find more information on the fascinating history of Ventura here.
Resident Photographer Aleta Rodriguez