Location Name - Preston Castle - former Preston School of Industry
Palm Drive
Ione, CA 95640

county: Amador
Region: *Northern
Location ID: 10084789


Website:
http://www.packrat-pro.com/travel/prestonpic.htm
http://www.orbseekers.org/Preston/PrestonCastle.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preston_School_of_Industry

 
Styles: Romanesque

Categories:
GOVERNMENTAL - [General]
GOVERNMENTAL - Prisons & Jails
HOSPITALS / HEALTH CARE FACILITIES - [General]
HOSPITALS / HEALTH CARE FACILITIES - Hospitals
MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRIAL - [General]
MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRIAL - Basements / Boiler Rooms
RESIDENTIAL - [General]
RESIDENTIAL - Castles

Tags/Keywords: Staircases - Interior Staircases

Description:
No matter the pictures you have seen, your first glimpse of Preston Castle will make you hold your breath. It really exists, and it really does resemble Rose Red. A day time tour provided us with summary and familarity of the castle, the basement and the first two floors. The third floor is blocked off, the fourth has no actually flooring at all. The house looks confusing, but is a basic T shape, front wings with a back hall leading to the annex. Outside the castle is the current juvenile prison next to the castle with its formidable concertina wire perimeter and huge guard towers.

Site Condition:
The Preston School of Industry, also known as Preston Castle, was formerly one of the oldest and best-known reform schools in the United States. It is located in Ione, California, in Amador County. The institution was opened in June 1894 when seven wards (minors under the guardianship of the state, but not necessarily juvenile offenders), were transferred there from San Quentin State Prison. The original building, known colloquially as "Preston Castle" (or simply "The Castle"), is the most significant example of Romanesque Revival architecture in the Mother Lode. It was vacated in 1960, shortly after new buildings had been constructed to replace it. The abandoned building has since been named a California Historical Landmark (#867)[1] and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NPS-75000422). The facility's name has often been used in movies and also television programs, such as Dragnet. In 1999, the institution's official name was changed to the "Preston Youth Correctional Facility", but most people in the state — especially those who reside in the immediate area — continue to refer to it by its original name. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced on October 21, 2010, that the Preston Youth Correctional Facility will be closing.[3] On June 2, 2011, Preston held its official closing ceremony. Former staff, correctional officers, correctional counselors, and the public were invited to celebrate Preston's last day open as a correctional facility.[citation needed] The building is open to tours for the public and it is maintained by the Preston Castle Foundation.

General Notes:
updated 5.8.2015 ly / 5.14.2015 lm

Usage Restriction:
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g32528-d3316865-Reviews-Preston_Castle-Ione_California.html#photos

Jurisdictions::
AMADOR COUNTY FILM COMMISSION, Ione

Within 30-Mile Zone: N

State Property: No

Closed/Vacant: Yes

GPS:
Source: Google Maps (interactive), X Coordinate: 38.3610990, Y Coordinate: -120.9370320

Building Materials: Brick

Ownership:

Contact:
Knobelauch,, Karl *
President, Preston Castle Foundation
209.256.3623 Phone 1
209.274.6533 Phone 2
info@prestoncastle.com
http://www.prestoncastle.com/board.html

Blackman, Tom
Film Commissioner, Amador County Film Commission
836 N. Hwy. 49/88, Jackson, CA 95642 USA
209.607.3456 - cell Phone 1
209.223.2276 Phone 2
blackmansells@gmail.com
https://www.visitamador.com/

* Key Contact


photos:

photo ID#: 2574857