Atascadero Printery History
The History of the Printery is long and varied.
The Printery building on Olmeda Avenue was the first to be completed by Atascadero’s founder, E.G. Lewis. The first publication to come out of the new building was the Atascadero News, which made its debut on January 2, 1916. Lon Allan Wrote this article on the History of the Printery in 2017.
The School Years
Between the mid 1920s and 1950, the Printery was used for a series of preparatory schools and a junior college. The press room was converted to a pool when it was owned by the Moran School.
The Later Years
The Printery Building was bought in 1950 by the Masonic Temple Association. The building housed a variety of users including a karate studio, district school offices, sherrif’s substation, and a commercial photographer.
The building was gifted to the city in 1994 but was returned to them after the 2003 earthquake damaged the building beyond use.
On May 15, 2017, the Atascadero Printery Foundation won the County tax auction and purchased the Printery Building for $300,100. Over the last few years we have been working through first mothballing the building and then repairing earthquake damage so that we can move forward with the restoration.
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