January 28, 2023
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Historic Wineman Hotel lights up San Luis Obispo streets again


The intersection of Chorro and Higuera streets was lit up Nov. 18 with neon from the historic Wineman Hotel in San Luis Obispo. Again.

The 100-year-old building first opened as the Wineman Hotel in 1930. Since then, it’s housed Riley’s Department Store, Carpenter’s Rexall, Copelands Sports and the Sports Authority, but even native daughters like myself can’t remember the last time there were residents in the building.

Since the hotel’s retrofit, the 47 studio apartments on the second and third floors are being subleased to the city’s housing authority for affordable living space.

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