Victorians

Victorians


Lovely, Victorian and Queen Anne style homes are scattered throughout San Luis Obispo neighborhoods. There are about 175 homes on the city’s master list of historic properties and another 500 structures listed as contributing historic resources, being at least fifty years old and publicly visible. Some have survived as homes and others became bed and breakfasts, such as the Garden Street Inn, an 1887 Queen Anne with nine guestrooms and four suites.

There are several neighborhoods here with street signs designating the particular names of the historic areas. For example, the Mill Street Historic District, the 1200 and 1300 blocks of Mill Street above Santa Rosa, has tree lined streets with lovely, restored Victorians. The William Shipsey House at 1266 Mill Street, built in 1890, was the home of the 1900 San Luis Obispo mayor, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Shipsey was elected mayor of San Luis Obispo in 1900 and became president of the public library in 1912.

Broad Street is another area where turn of the century homes are found. In fact, like the downtown historic sites walking tour, there is also a walking tour of Victorian homes along Broad Street. Check with the San Luis Obispo Historical Museum for more information for a map of historic homes.




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