For better examples of Oxnard architecture see below.
It’s hard to define an architectural style for Oxnard…is it Victorian, bungalow, traditional or mid-century? Is it brick, wood, stone or stucco? Is it traditional or modern? Well, yes – it is. Oxnard has good examples of each of the above – but there is no cohesive definitive “Oxnard” style. This is both a problem and an opportunity.
It’s a “problem” because there are no guidelines, in the sense of existing patterns or context. Nothing to key a new design after. Thus there is the perception of ultimate design freedom – wow, as an architect, I can do whatever I want (within the constraints of time, budget, client, zoning, etc.).
To complicate matters, Oxnard’s official design documents are a jumble of old and newer (but largely ignored) guidelines. Largely unenforced, poorly coordinated rules that designers find their way around.
And then there is the Downtown Design Review Committee (DDRC) – at a recent meeting a senior member stated, and I paraphrase, “it’s more important to make downtown business owners happy than it is to hold to a good and constant design for Oxnard” and that “they have it all wrong in Ventura” where the architectural review process clearly holds out for better design options. Not one Committee member present commented on this wild abdication of responsibility to better architectural design in Ventura and Oxnard. Not one…and to be fair, I was appointed to the DDRC at the beginning of 2017.
It’s an opportunity because we can begin to think and design in a more cohesive way in Oxnard. Starchitecture has ruined many fine places. I hope it does not happen here – but that depends in large part whether Oxnard decision makers will step up.
The Bank of A Levy – Arguably the most significant building in Oxnard’s downtown. At the corner of 5th and A Street.
Reiter Brothers complex across from Heritage Square on A Street.
A very handsome remodel at 505 A Street, Downtown Oxnard
Back of 505 A Street. Excellent treatment of parking lot facade.
Our historic Post Office complete with a WPA mural in the lobby.
426 Fifth Street, Downtown Oxnard
The Woolworth building at Fourth Street and A Street, downtown Oxnard.
Attractive remodel save for the strip mall like sign that violates the Oxnard Sign Code and inappropriate signs in windows. Corner of Fourth Street and A Street, downtown Oxnard.
Oxnard Transportation Center (OTC)