Architecture, Venice, California Sights

Ocean Park City Hall or Town Hall (Historic)

Ocean Park City Hall or Town Hall (Historic)

Circa 1907

Beyond Baroque, a literary arts landmark in and of itself, now occupies what was once the Ocean Park City Hall or Town Hall.

681 North Venice Blvd
Venice, California

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Old Craftsman (Historic)

Old Craftsman (Historic)

Circa 1912

This Market Street Craftsman is a variation on the important, turn-of-the-century (that would be the last century) architectural style.

Market Street
Venice, California

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Old Power Station (Historic)

Old Power Station (Historic)

Circa 1925

The building that is now home to the Pacific Jewish Center was originally a power station.

505 Ocean front Walk
Venice, California

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original muscle beach

Original Muscle Beach

This historic stretch of Santa Monica beach — the original Muscle Beach — was the epicenter of the American fitness movement in it’s salad days. Now it’s a veritable cornucopia of sturdy exercise apparatuses and playground equipment. There are balance beams, chinning bars, rings and ropes. The padded play/workout areas are nice, too. There’s also gobs of playground equipment and mock rocks for children to play on, and you’ll generally see plenty of kids here going bonkers (under the watchful eyes of parents and teachers).

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Police and Fire Station of Venice (Historic)

Police and Fire Station of Venice (Historic)

Circa 1930

Venice’s old police and fire station is Los Angeles’ only art deco police station and was the first municipal building built after Venice’s 1925 annexation by the City of L.A. This PWA-era building has relief work over the entrance.

North Venice Blvd at Pisani Drive
Venice, California

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Santa Monica Community Garden

Santa Monica Community Garden

A spurt in local building hasn’t prevented this bucolic block from continuing to sprout. Bounded by Main, Hollister, Neilson Way and Strand, the community garden is a crazy quilt of public plots where flowers and vegetables of all kinds are lovingly cultivated by local greenthumbs.

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Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier

Open 365 days a year, the public pier features restaurants, an amusement park with game arcade, Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Aquarium (complete with shark-feeding Sundays) and the free summer Twilight Dance series. The carousel is a classic. There’s parking. And people.

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Sea Spray Apartments (Historic)

Sea Spray Apartments (Historic)

Circa 1922

Though some insist the quaint oceanside complex was built by Charlie Chaplin, according to Venice historian Jeffrey Stanton, the buildings and courtyard were built as exclusive apartments — The Sea Spray Apartments — in the early nineteen twenties.

517 Ocean Front Walk
Venice, California

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St. Francis Hotel (Historic)

St. Francis Hotel (Historic)

Circa 1904

The St. Marks, designed per developer Abbot Kinney’s directive in “Venitian Renaissance” stlye, was a cornerstone of early Venice.

Windward
Venice, California

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The Castle (Historic Site)

The Castle (Historic Site)

Circa 1932

Built by silent screen star Francis X. Bushman. Rudolph Valentino is said to have been a regular guest.

11 Anchorage Street
Marina Del Rey, California

PRIVATE RESIDENCE

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