Dallidet Adobe

The best place to start is at the beginning. Or you could just skip to the 1900s. Using the map below, you can experience the deep historic character of SLO for yourself.

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  1. Mission Plaza, 1968 – A gathering spot for the community as well as many community events and festivals year-round. Through a nearby footbridge, the plaza adjoins to the creekwalk and provides access to shops on Higuera Street.
  2. _D3H7878 72Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, 1772 – Considered by many to be the most beautiful in the mission series, this mission was the fifth of the 21 California missions built. Today the mission is still an active Catholic church.
  3. San Luis Creek – The mission’s earliest source of water, San Luis Creek can be found in many spots throughout town including at Mission Plaza and along the creekwalk downtown.
  4. Judge Walter Murray Adobe, 1849 – At one end of Mission Plaza you will find the adobe home of Walter Murray, an Englishman who came to California with Stevenson’s Regiment of New York Volunteers in 1846. Murray printed the first editions of San Luis Obispo’s local newspaper, The Tribune, in this building.
  5. History Center of SLO County, 1905 – One of the roughly 3,000 public libraries built worldwide by steel tycoon Andrew Carnegie, this building became the County Historical Museum in 1956.
  6. The Creamery, 1906 – SLO County once was home to the largest dairy industry in the United States. This full-service creamery did not close until 1974. It now houses art galleries, shops and restaurants.
  7. Jack House, 1875 – Pioneering rancher and banker Robert Edgar Jack built this home, which has been preserved as a museum of Victorian life circa 1880.
  8. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 1867 – One of the first Episcopal churches in California, St. Stephen’s houses a pipe organ donated by Phoebe Apperson Hearst.
  9. Myron Angel Home, 1883 – This red Victorian was the home of Myron Angel, one of the driving forces behind the establishment of Cal Poly. A publisher of The Tribune in the 1880s, Angel wrote a history of SLO County that was published in1883.
  10. Historic Railroad District, 1894 – The Southern Pacific Railroad route connected Los Angeles to San Francisco and brought the city into the industrial age. The district is now a busy neighborhood, which includes the train station, railroad museum, many restaurants and businesses.
  11. Dallidet Adobe, 1853 – Pierre Hyppolite Dallidet, who established the first commercial vineyard on the Central Coast, built this home. The adobe contains many original furnishings and is surrounded by gardens.
  12. Ramona Depot, 1889 – The Southern Pacific Railroad Company built the depot to serve the luxurious Ramona Hotel. The elegant Victorian burned to the ground in 1905, leaving only the depot, which now shelters the horse-drawn carriage that carried passengers between the hotel and the train station.
  13. Kundert Medical Building, 1956 – Designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, this building is a popular stop on many architectural tours of SLO.
  14. FremontFremont Theatre, 1940 – SLO’s Art Deco movie palace is fully restored, with all of its original features. Its ceiling is painted with sea nymphs on horseback and its marquee is a neon showpiece at night.
  15. Andrews Bank Building, 1893 – The bank was built by J.P. Andrews. Andrews donated the land across the street to the county for the site of its courthouse.
  16. Fremont Marker, 1846 – A granite column on the corner of Osos and Mill streets marks a spot where the great western explorer John C. Fremont camped overnight.
  17. Site of Casa Grande, 1851 – Built by Captain William Dana, this adobe was used as a hotel, saloon, store and courthouse. When the county failed to pay its rent on the courthouse, a lengthy lawsuit ensued; Dana was the county treasurer and so paid himself the amount due.
  18. Sinsheimer Bros. Store, 1874 – This buildings one-of-a-kind cast-iron façade that was cast in San Francisco and transported down the coast by ship.
  19. Sauer Adobes, 1860 – The pair of adobes across Chorro Street from the mission includes the two-story Monterey-style Sauer-Adams adobe. It was originally a one-story structure similar to its smaller companion.
  20. Ah Louis Store, 1884 – Chinese immigrant merchant Ah Louis built this structure of bricks that he made himself. The store, which anchored SLO’s Chinatown, served as a bank, post office and general merchandise store for the more than 2,000 Chinese laborers who came here to build the railroad.
  21. Garden Street Inn, 1887 – The Italianate Queen Anne home built by German immigrants Morris and Helena Goldtree changed hands twice before being configured into eight apartments in 1923. In 1990 it opened as a bed-and-breakfast inn.
  22. Presbyterian Church, 1905 – This church is built entirely of gray granite quarried from Bishop Peak, the second in the range of volcanic peaks that lead from San Luis Obispo to the Pacific Ocean.

Download/view the 2015 SLO points of interest map (PDF).