Having a couple of wonderful destinations as inspiration for my Thanksgiving table is almost unheard of...
At least for me.
I typically go with the usual linens and matching napkins, the ones that have been pressed.
But this year, we went to a couple of spots that were so beautiful and different...I got...well....
On Sunday, brunch at Watermark
An amazing historic building that now houses a great restaurant in old Ventura, Ca.
Ventura is also home to the San Buenaventura Mission built in 1724
This building, built in 1907 for the Ventura County Power Company, was sold again in 1927 to the Ventura Building and Loan Association.
There began the historically significant redesign.
Architects Fred M. Ashley and John C. Austin were responsible for the intricate exterior tile work and interior details. They were also the builders of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles City Hall and the Shrine Auditorium
The building is Spanish revival with strong Art Deco influences.
It is filled with copper lighting, plaster ceilings and stenciled beams as well as remarkable murals depicting scenes from the old Camino Real
In 1928 muralist Norman Kennedy, a painter from La Jolla California, was commissioned to paint the three wonderful and colorful murals
The murals and ceilings were covered up for nearly 30 years as the building changed hands.
Finally unveiled and restored to their original beauty when the building was again sold in 2004, with the prospect of becoming a restaurant.
The details are just amazing....I think I had a sore neck the next day from staring at the ceiling!
The bar area is just beautiful and the light fixtures are gorgeous...
And it is so important that buildings like this are saved and restored, for all of us to enjoy!
If you find your self on Highway 101 near Santa Barbara...and need a great meal in a wonderful setting...
Tomorrow inspiration #2