A Historic Film Location in Ventura
The Union Oil Building is a classic 1890 Victorian-Queen Anne two-story design that is on the National Register of Historic Sites. The ornate corner tower is a compelling exterior feature along with the Italiante brick archways, projecting bay windows, multi-hued carved brownstone and river rock veneers, and cast iron pillar supports. The exterior of the building appeared in the feature film Joe Dirt with David Spade in 2001 and in many commercials.
The permanent petroleum exhibits in Keck Hall of the first floor are Smithsonian quality presentations in oak and brass. The remake of Disney’s Shaggy Dog with Ed Begley, Jr., was filmed in this room in 1996.
The Second Story Offices are the finest preservations of a Victorian commercial building interior in southern California. These are the original ten offices of Union Oil Company, featuring tiled oak fireplaces, oak wainscoting, stained glass windows, ornate plaster archways, ceiling medallions, and period lighting fixtures. The popular television series JAG filmed an episode in these offices in 2005.
The Rig Building constructed in 1990 to house a restored century-old wood and cast-iron drilling rig. The detailed authenticity of the cable-tool drilling rig evokes the rough-and-tumble early 20th-century era of iron men and wooden rigs. The drilling rig is set against a wall mural depicting the bearded oilmen and rugged terrain common in the early oil fields. The exterior of the Rig Building is a contemporary design that blends beautifully with the classic architecture of the original building.
For more information, regulations, and permits visit Film Santa Paula to contact
the city's Film Coordinator.