Posted by: twotrees | June 27, 2010

Museum Present

Last night was the first official event at the Ventura County Museum since it underwent renovation.  A nearly two-year project, Phase 1 included building the new Martin V. & Martha K. Smith Pavilion, which pushes out the old museum footprint nearly to Main Street.  The event was feted for the Smith Family, major donors and the museum members who made this expansion happen.  During a time when construction of anything came to a standstill, it’s a testament to all of the above for bringing this vision to fruition.

Last night’s dinner party for 200 guests  included a look back to some local history, when Martin “Bud” Smith was the prominent developer and entrepreneur of Ventura County half a century ago.   One of the icons that Smith owned was the Colonial House,  a popular restaurant in Oxnard which was visited by Hollywood stars and common folk alike.  The dinner last night paid homage to by serving dry martini’s, charbroiled steaks and wedge salads.

Museums are an important cultural asset and this project will bring an increased awareness of history to residents as well as improve the downtown area as a destination for visitors.

The native cobblestone wall, water feature and colorful mosaics included in this build out are worth checking out.

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