San Luis Obispo, California: Poly Canyon: Abandoned Structures

A lonely hillside of experimental structures designed by generations of Cal Poly architecture students. Some may make you glad that they never became the buildings of today.

Poly Canyon

Address:
Poly Canyon Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA
Directions:
US-101 exits 203D or 204. Turn north onto Grand Ave., which becomes S. Perimeter Rd. Drive about a mile. Turn right onto Village Drive. Go through the stop sign and past the electrical substation on the right, then turn right onto Poly Canyon Rd, which resembles a large driveway. Park at the gate, then walk one mile to the structures.
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Poly Canyon: Abandoned Structures

It's a property full of Cal Poly architecture student projects from the 1970s to present, in various states of disrepair. The Shell House still has a stained glass window on the roof. Popular hangout for college kids from the looks of the graffiti.

[Elizabeth Herndon, 01/04/2020]

It's a mile walk from the gate blocking Poly Canyon Road to the nearest of the structures, which perhaps has helped to preserve them.


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World's First MotelWorld's First Motel, San Luis Obispo, CA - 1 mi.
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In the region:
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