Preston Castle

California State Historic Landmark 867

Plaque exists. Site exists. Landmark location.

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#867 Preston Castle
The "Castle", built in 1890-1894, is the most significant example of Romanesque Revival architecture in the Mother Lode. It was built to house the Preston School of Industry, established by the state legislature as a progressive action toward rehabilitating, rather than simply imprisoning, juvenile offenders. Doors of the 120 room "castle" closed in 1960 after new facilities were completed.

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Preston School of Indusrty, Waterman Rd; plaque located 0.9 mi N of site on State Hwy 104 (PM 4.3), 1 mi N of Ione.

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