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Sunny Acres

By Russenberger

Welcome to Sunny Acres in San Luis Obispo,California.

Sunny Acres

Sunny Acres - San Luis Obispo, California.

[img src=]Sunny Acres
[img src=]Stairs and Entry into Sunny Acres
[img src=]Bent awning over the entrance.
[img src=]Graffiti on Wall
Notice the exposed plumbing, light fixture that is falling down and the prison cell fashioned door.
[img src=]Room
What remains of one of the interior walls
[img src=]Room
Inside one of the rooms, you can see the door that had a small window.
[img src=]Doorway
Doorway with knocked down door
[img src=]Another Room
Bathroom perhaps, looks like the plumbing for it not sure if they were in the rooms with them like a prison cell.
[img src=]Warning
[img src=]Side View of Sunny Acres
Notice the awning on the second floor.
[img src=]Basement View
[img src=]Fireplace with Windows
I would assume this may have been a main gathering area at Sunny Acres.
[img src=]Broken Window
[img src=]The exercise yard
See the two basketball backboards.
[img src=]Barbed Wire
Obviously remnants of the detention center days.
[img src=]Hoopless
What's left of the basketball court.
[img src=]Room
Looks like the remains of an old sink and toilet, the door appears to still be on the hinges but opened and a small observation window in the wall.
[img src=]Red Room
Another room with an observation window.
[img src=]Room
Looks like the remains of an old sink and toilet and small observation window, not sure what was boarded up over the sink and toilet.
[img src=]Library or Study
Large room with scattered remains of what appears to be bookcases, exposed plumbing.
[img src=]Back view of Sunny Acres
Not sure what is in the small square part on the right, there were no exposed openings to get a peek inside. Since I didn't see remains of any kitchen that would be my assumption unless it was housed on the second floor.
[img src=]Water Heater
Old rusted water heater in the basement.
[img src=]No Trespassing
Look at the top middle window, someone painted a man looking out.
[img src=]Upstairs Windows
A glimpse into the upstairs rooms
[img src=]Upstairs Window
You can see a recessed light fixture in the ceiling.
[img src=]Upstairs Window
The window was covered in what looked like coils from refrigeration notice the white cover on the top pane.
[img src=]Front Corner
This is the front left corner to Sunny Acres, if you are facing the building.

The building was originally constructed in 1931 as a children’s home to house orphans and other wards of the court. The large, two story brick structure sits prominently on a hilltop location, it’s a unique architectural style know as Romanesque, which was popular in the 1920’s. The building was designed by William Mooser, who’s firm designed the Santa Barbara County Courthouse and Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco.

In the mid 1950’s the building was modified to be utilized as a County-run juvenile detention facility. It was used as such until 1974 when the county discontinued the use and the building has remained vacant since that time.

I have read many articles online that sometime between the orphanage and the detention facility it was a tuberculosis hospital and also an insane asylum but cannot find any such documentation to substantiate these claims. I have also read that there have been numerous fires at this facility, one in particular on the second floor and many children perished, again can’t find any official records.

When we visited it, we didn’t notice nor hear anything from the building, but then I am a chicken and went in broad daylight. Many people who have visited there and live near the old place have heard children laughing, babies crying and doors slamming among other eerie sounds.

Most of what we saw were worn out fixtures, walls painted with graffiti, and numerous respirators laying around the grounds from people that broke into the building. The building is contaminated with asbestos which warnings are painted in many places on the outside of the structure.

There are two basketball backboards that remain in the yard, all surrounded by a tall chain link fence with 3 rows of barbed wire.

The location is beautiful, atop a hill with views of the entire city. There is a long dirt road the winds up to the hill. The building belongs to the County of San Luis Obispo but unfortunately to inhabit it again much work would have to be done such as abating the asbestos, also the building would have to be retrofitted for earthquake standard building codes not to mention extensive interior and exterior work. Even to level the building would be too much for this cash strapped county. So there she sits, abandoned for nearly 40 years.

The building is approximately 7060 square feet and sits on about 3/4 acre lot.  Its physical address is:1600 Bishop St.,San Luis Obispo, California 93401. GPS Coordinates:  35.253792, -120.621521



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