Santa Paula historic downtown
The Main Street district of Santa Paula is a popular filming
location for movies because of its historical authenticity. It looks
like a movie set, but it is the real thing! Most of the downtown was
constructed between 1885 and 1910 when the population of the city
more than quadrupled (from 500 to 2,200).
This growth put Santa Paula into the first ranks of Ventura
County municipalities, only slightly behind Ventura in size.
Merchants built stores for the growing population with names like
the Star Clothing Company, Ike Brown’s Cash Grocery, and Santa Paula
Steam Laundry. Larger business concerns like Union Oil Company,
Limoneira Company, and First National Bank located on Main Street,
constructing headquarters buildings for themselves.
The oldest construction on Main Street is thought to be the John
Scott building at 958 East Main Street, built in the 1870s.
Significant renovation of the downtown took place in the 1950s when
building facades were updated to reflect modern times. This
facelift gave the downtown its current nostalgic 50s look, making
Main Street very popular with film companies and advertisers looking
to create period commercials. Main Street is today an enchanting
blend of multiple eras of architectural styling, from the late 1800s
into the 1950s. It is an historical treasure that invites
exploration by shoppers and visitors!