The Brooks Institute was an arts college centered on the visual and media arts based in Ventura, California. It was formerly known as the Brooks Institute of Photography, originally based in Montecito, Brooks Institute was a for-profit higher education institution, that offered four majors and two graduate programs. The college was owned by Gphomestay, the college has consolidated and moved operations from Santa Barbara to the Ventura Campus. The college announced it was closing on August 12,2016, the last term was the summer 2016 semester. Brooks Institute of Photography was founded in 1945 by Ernest H. Brooks, Sr. over a bakery on State Street in Santa Barbara, the schools first photography students were primarily World War II veterans supported by the G. I. In 1952, the Brooks family purchased the former David Gray estate Graholm after the owner at that time, Herschel McGraw, Ernest purchased the property for $61,000. The property was located on Alston Road in Montecito, a community adjacent to Santa Barbara and this served as the home of Brooks Institute of Photography, as well as for Ernest H.
Brooks, Sr. s growing family. Ernest H. Brooks, Sr. stayed on as president of the school until 1971 and his personal passion for underwater photography inspired the underwater still photography and video courses that started in the late 1960s, and continue to the present day. At the time of his retirement as president, his son, Ernest H. Brooks, Jr. stepped into his fathers shoes and he continued to expand the Brooks Institute of Photography facilities. In 1976 Brooks purchased the former Jefferson School in the Riviera neighborhood of Santa Barbara, that had been slated for demolition, professor Vernon Miller, head of the Industrial/Scientific program, led a team of photographers as they photographed the cloth for documentation and study. In 1999 the Brooks Institute of Photography was sold by Ernest H. Brooks, Jr. to Career Education Corporation, in 2007, the school changed its name to the Brooks Institute, from the Brooks Institute of Photography. In 2011, Brooks Institute moved its programs and offices located on the Brooks Jefferson Campus in Santa Barbara to the new Ventura Campus.
In 2014 it moved the programs and offices at the Mason Street Campus to the Cota Street Campus in Downtown Santa Barbara, in 2013 Brooks announced its consolidation of all its educational programs to the Ventura Campus, and departure from Santa Barbara planned for 2015. In July Gphomestay announced Edward Clift as president, and Victoria Liptak as provost of Brooks, in August 2016, Edward Clift was dismissed as president and a majority of the board of directors resigned. On August 12,2016 Brooks Institute announced it was closing and Video Production, was a study of filmmaking and production techniques, including proposals and budgeting, scripting and editing. Visual Journalism, concentrated on teaching photojournalism, master of Fine Arts in Photography, was a 61 credit, two-year program. The MFA program allows students to benefit from technical, aesthetic. Master of Science in Scientific and Technology Imaging, the MFA program allowed students to benefit from higher scientific technical knowledge
The land had originally been part of grazing area for the cattle herds of Mission San Buenaventura but was appropriated during the secularization of the missions lands. Olivas built the home in 1841, and expanded it in 1849 to two stories, making it the only such building in the area. He and his wife and their 21 children lived here until 1899 and it became part of Max Fleischmanns holdings, and it was he who donated the land and the house to the City of Ventura. The Olivas Adobe is registered as California Historical Landmark #115 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, list of Registered Historic Places in Ventura County, California Ranchos of California Spanish missions in California Official website City of Ventura. The Olivas Family Adobe in Ventura
Dudley House (Ventura, California)
Dudley House in Ventura, California is a historic house museum built in 1891 in a Late Victorian-style. Designed and built by architect and builder Selwyn Shaw, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. At the time of the NRHP listing, the farmhouse was occupied by the generation of the Dudley family. The property was deemed significant for its architecture and for its association with this farming family, the city-owned house is now managed by San Buenaventura Heritage, Inc. and is open for tours on a limited basis. Accessed 29 September 2013 City Map, accessed 29 September 2013 Detail Sheet #44 accessed from link on City Map with Historic Landmarks
Great blue heron
It is a rare vagrant to coastal Spain, the Azores, and areas of far southern Europe. An all-white population found only in the Caribbean and Florida was once treated as a separate species, the great blue heron was one of the many species originally described by Carl Linnaeus in his 18th-century work, Systema Naturae. The scientific name comes from Latin ardea, and Ancient Greek erodios and it forms a superspecies with this and with the cocoi heron from South America, which differs in having more extensive black on the head, and a white breast and neck. It has head-to-tail length of 91–137 cm, a wingspan of 167–201 cm, a height of 115–138 cm, in British Columbia, adult males averaged 2.48 kg and adult females 2.11 kg. The feathers on the neck are long and plume-like, it has plumes on the lower back at the start of the breeding season. The bill is yellowish, becoming orange briefly at the start of the breeding season. Immature birds are duller in color, with a dull blackish-gray crown, and the pattern is only weakly defined, they have no plumes.
Among standard measurements, the chord is 43–49.2 cm, the tail is 15. 2–19.5 cm, the culmen is 12. 3–15.2 cm. The herons stride is around 22 cm, almost in a straight line, two of the three front toes are generally closer together. In a track, the front toes, as well as the back, the subspecies differ only slightly in size and plumage tone, with the exception of subspecies A. h. occidentalis, which has a distinct white morph, known as the great white heron. It is found only in south Florida and some parts of the Caribbean, the great white heron differs from other great blues in bill morphology, head plume length, and in having a total lack of pigment in its plumage. It averages somewhat larger than the sympatric race A. h. wardi and may be the largest race in the species. In a survey of A. h. occidentalis in Florida, males were found to average 3.02 kg and females average 2.57 kg and this is mainly found near salt water, and was long thought to be a separate species. Birds intermediate between the normal morph and the white morph are known as Würdemanns heron, these birds resemble a normal great blue with a white head.
The theory that great white herons may be a species from great blue heron has again been given some support by David Sibley. The great white heron could be confused with great egret, but is larger, the reddish egret and little blue heron could be mistaken for the great blue heron, but are much smaller, and lack white on the head and yellow in the bill. In the southern reaches of its range, the great blue sometimes overlaps in range with the closely related, the cocoi is distinguished by a striking white neck and solid black crown, but the duller juveniles are more easily confused. More superficially similar is the slightly smaller grey heron, which may sometimes vagrate to the coasts of North America
San Buenaventura State Beach
San Buenaventura State Beach is a beach located in Ventura, California. The primary entrance is located at 901 Pedro Street, off of the 101 Freeway and this beach consists of a 1, 700-foot pier that has a snack bar and bait shop. People often come to beach to surf, swim. This is the beginning of the Omer Rains Bike Trail system that leads to nearby beaches. Several special events take place in place, such as the Pirate Festival, triathlon. The nesting of the Snowy plover is monitored here, and temporary informational/warning signs and fences are erected near nest sites during the breeding season
Mission San Buenaventura
Mission San Buenaventura is a Spanish mission founded by the Franciscans in present-day Ventura, California. Founded on March 31,1782, it was the ninth Spanish mission established in California, the mission was named after Saint Bonaventure, a 13th century Franciscan saint and Doctor of the Church. The mission is located in the downtown of Ventura. Mission San Buenaventura was planned to be founded in 1770, in 1793, the first church burned down. Today, only a section of the entire mission complex still stands. It took the neophytes 16 years to build the new church, thirty-three years and one day he raised the Cross at la playa de la canal de Santa Barbara on Easter Morning, March 31,1782. Assisted by Pedro Benito Cambon, he celebrated a High Mass, preached on the Resurrection, and dedicated a Mission to San Buenaventura. It had been planned as the third in the chain of twenty-one Missions founded by Serra but was destined to be the ninth and last founded during his lifetime, and one of six he personally dedicated.
The watercourse ran from a point on the Ventura River about ½ mile north of the ruins and carried the water to holding tanks behind the San Buenaventura Mission. With plentiful water the Mission was able to maintain flourishing orchards and gardens, the water distribution system was damaged by floods and abandoned in 1862. The Mission’s first church building was destroyed by fire, the construction of a second church was abandoned because the door gave way. In 1792 work was in progress on the present church and the utility buildings which formed a quadrangle enclosing a plaza. Although half finished in 1795, the church was not completed until 1809, dedication was held September 9 of that year and the first liturgical services took place September 10. At about that time the San Miguel Chapel and the Santa Gertrudis Chapel were completed, a series of earthquakes and an accompanying seismic sea wave in 1812 forced the priests and Indian neophytes to seek temporary shelter a few miles inland. The Mexican government in 1834 issued a secularization decree divesting the priests of administrative control over the Missions, in 1845 San Buenaventura Mission was rented to Don Jose Arnaz and Narciso Botello and was illegally sold to Arnaz.
And the mission did not fully escape the impact that the Mexican-American War of 1846-1847 had on California. On January 5,1847, while on its way from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles, managed to disperse an armed force of up to 70 enemy Californios near the mission. The request was granted in the form of a Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln on May 23,1862, because of severe damage in the 1857 Fort Tejon earthquake, the Mission’s tile roof was replaced by a shingle roof
Ventura College is a California-state funded community college located in Ventura, California, USA. Established in 1925, the college has a 112-acre campus with an enrollment of 13,763 students, the college is part of the Ventura County Community College District. Ventura College was established as the first college in Ventura County in 1925, in 1929, the Ventura High School District adopted the four-four plan of secondary education, providing four years of junior high school and four years of high school/junior college. The next year, Ventura Junior College, as the senior school was known, was moved to a new campus at Main and Catalina Streets in Ventura. Ventura Junior College became Ventura College, an institution for the freshman. In 1962, the voters of Ventura County authorized the formation of a community college district separate from any public school entity. In 1974, the college began offering classes in Fillmore to serve the Santa Clara River Valley’s predominantly Hispanic population, in 1980, the East Campus moved to its current location on Dean Drive in Santa Paula.
In addition to the East Campus, Ventura College currently utilizes classrooms at Fillmore High School, the first Ventura College building constructed using bond funds was the Library and Learning Resources Center, which opened in January 2005. The remodeled Student Services Center opened in April 2008, and the Sportsplex in 2009, the Advanced Technology Center, General Purposes Classroom Building and the Health Sciences Center buildings are currently under construction, as is the training facility for sheriff officers. The Performing Arts Complex and the housing the college’s technical programs are currently under renovation. Ventura College serves a student body through both credit and non-credit offerings. The college offers associate of arts or associate of science degrees in thirty-three majors, students are able to obtain an associate of arts degree in general studies, using one of three patterns to obtain the required units. In addition, the college offers certificates of achievement in thirty-five career and technical education fields, the Ventura County Community College District has grown to include two additional colleges, Moorpark College and Oxnard College, collectively serving more than 36,000 students per semester.
The District Administrative Center offices are located on Stanley Avenue in Ventura, Ventura College is the home of the Ventura College Promise, the largest grant program of its kind in the nation at a community college. This same promise is extended to students who have completed their GED requirements or who have completed the coursework for school but have not yet passed their exit exam. In addition, the student must apply for the Ventura College Promise, according to its website, Ventura College transfers more students than most California Community Colleges. It is among the top 25% of all California Community Colleges transferring students to the UC and CSU systems and its top UC feeders include Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Cruz, and Berkeley. Its top CSU feeders include Channel Islands, Long Beach, San Diego, students can participate in more than 17 clubs related to their various interests, ethnic background, and majors, and 17 intercollegiate athletic teams and spirit
Ventura Theatre is a historic live concert venue in downtown Ventura, California. This was the only luxury theatre built in Ventura County in the 1920s in the style of the movie palaces. The lavish, elegant interior of gilt and opulence was originally designed by Robert E. Power Studios of San Francisco and has been restored. In 1928, Ventura was an oil boom town when the grand opening featured an organ solo, the latest news, Our Gang Comedy, a vaudeville act. E. #1430, the Mission Theater, the Hotel Washington, the Swift & Company Building, contemporary downtown Ventura is defined by the theatre and the other extant buildings from this period. Declared a landmark by the City of Ventura In 1976, the theatre was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986, the office building was modernized in 1958 and was not included in the historic designation. The theater currently has a concert schedule. National Register of Historic Places listings in Ventura County, California City of Ventura, City Landmarks, Points of Interest, and Historic Districts
Feraud General Merchandise Store
Feraud General Merchandise Store, known as 1903 Building, was built in 1903 in Ventura, California. Jules Feraud opened the Feraud Bakery and Grocery Store and the bakery stayed in the family until 1944, the brick building is a rare intact example of turn-of-the-century commercial architecture during Second Land Boom after the tracks of the Southern Pacific Railroad arrived in Ventura. The City Council of Ventura designated the building Historic Landmark Number 35 by resolution on July 17,1978, the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. The primary address is 2 W. Main Street where a bar currently operates,12 W. Main Street became a barbershop in mid 1940s where Phillip E. Marquez Phil the Barber operated for 63 years. Phil the Barber retired in 2010 at the age of 96 and his family was among the original settlers of what was known as Tortilla Flats and he was considered a local icon cutting hair for generations of Venturans on the West Side. The Mayor Of Ventura declared June 5,2011 Phil Marquez Day The Store currently operates as Artisan Soap and Bath store, there are two addresses,25 and 35 south Ventura Avenue, along the side of the building.
These buildings are just outside the Mission Historic District that lies on the side of Ventura Avenue to the east. Elizabeth Bard Memorial Hospital Emmanuel Franz House Ventura County Courthouse National Register of Historic Places listings in Ventura County, City Landmarks, Points of Interest, and Historic Districts
Elizabeth Bard Memorial Hospital
Elizabeth Bard Memorial Hospital, known as Bard Hospital, built in 1902, is an office building in Downtown Ventura, California. Featuring covered terraces and a porch with a three-story bell tower at the southeast corner. This building was among the numerous that used this easily recognizable architectural style during the Mission Revival movement that was at its greatest popularity between 1890 and 1915. Thomas R. Bard and his brother, Dr. Cephas Little Bard, the Los Angeles Conservancy holds a conservation easement protecting the hospital building’s facade. List of Registered Historic Places in Ventura County, California Reportedly haunted locations in California City of Ventura, City Landmarks, Points of Interest, and Historic Districts. Accessed 29 September 2013 City Map
Ventura, officially the City of San Buenaventura, is the county seat of Ventura County, United States. European explorers encountered a Chumash village, referred to as Shisholop, the eponymous Mission San Buenaventura was founded nearby in 1782 where it benefitted from the water of the Ventura River. The town grew around the compound and incorporated in 1866. The development of oil fields in the 1920s and the age of automobile travel created a major real estate boom during which many designated landmark buildings were constructed. The mission and these buildings are at the center of a downtown that has become a cultural, Ventura lies along U. S. Route 101 between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, which was one of the original U. S. Routes. The highway is now known as the Ventura Freeway, but the route through the town along Main Street has been designated El Camino Real. During the post–World War II economic expansion, the community grew easterly, the population was 106,433 at the 2010 census, up from 100,916 at the 2000 census.
Ventura is part of the Los Angeles metropolitan area, archaeological discoveries in the area suggest that humans have populated the region for at least 10, 000-12,000 years. Archaeological research demonstrates that the Chumash people have roots in central and southern coastal regions of California. Shisholop Village, designated Historic Point of Interest #18 by the city at the foot of nearby Figueroa Street, was the site of a Chumash village, the mission was named for St. Bonaventure, a Thirteenth Century Franciscan saint and a Doctor of the Church. San Miguel Chapel was the first outpost and center of operations while the first Mission San Buenaventura was being constructed, the first mission burned in 1801 and a replacement building of brick and stone was completed in 1809. The bell tower and facade of the new mission was destroyed by an 1812 earthquake, the Mission was rebuilt and functions as a parish church. Historic tours of downtown include the mission compound, on July 6,1841, Governor Juan Bautista Alvarado granted Rancho San Miguel to Felipe Lorenzana and Raymundo Olivas.
Fernando Tico received a Mexican land grant for part of Ventura and he received a land grant for Ojai and the downtown area of Ventura. Whose Olivas Adobe on the banks of the Santa Clara River was the most magnificent hacienda south of Monterey, California became a territory of the United States in 1848 and the 31st state in the Union in 1850. After the American Civil War, settlers came to the area, buying land from the Mexicans, vast holdings were acquired by Easterners, including the railroad magnate, Thomas A. Scott. He was impressed by one of the employees, Thomas R. Bard, who had been in charge of train supplies to Union troops. Not easily accessible, Ventura was not a target of immigrants, for most of the century which followed the incorporation of Ventura in 1866, it remained isolated from the rest of the state
Ventura High School
Ventura High School is a secondary school located in Ventura, California. The school was founded in 1889 and is a California Distinguished School and it is part of the Ventura Unified School District. In 2012, French and Italian language teacher at VHS, Sebastien De Clerck was honored as a California Teacher of Year for 2013, the Global String Ensemble is both the intermediate level orchestra which performs basic high school string ensemble repertoire as well as traditional Mariachi ensemble repertoire. The department has an Honors String Quartet chosen every year that has earned distinction nationwide at District, most recently in the 2014-2015 school year, the school reestablished a Ventura Unified School District Youth Symphony. David Hess is the athletic director, the school competes in the Channel League and has 21 varsity teams. Its primary rival is Buena High School in eastern Ventura, the stadium above the campus is named for alum Mike Larrabee. The football field is named for alum Eric E-Rock Turner, the gymnasium is named for former coach Bob Tuttle.
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