AKA: State of California, Board of Prison Directors, Ione Reform School, Ione, CA; California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Preston Youth Correctional Facility, Ione, CA

Structure Type: built works - social and civic buildings - correctional institutions - prisons

Designers: Schulze and Meeker, Architects (firm); Schulze, Henry A., Architect (firm); George Cook Meeker (architect); Henry Atherton Schulze (architect)

Dates: constructed 1889-1894

5 stories

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900 Palm Drive
Preston School of Industry, Ione, CA 95640

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This imposing Richardsonian Romanesque building, nicknamed the "Preston Castle," housed abandoned and troubled adolescent boys from its opening in 1894 until its closure in 1960.

Building History

The Bay Area architect Henry Atherton Schulze (b. 1853 in MA) designed this remarkable brick building and the surrounding complex of buildings for an isolated site in Amador County, CA. The facility was designed to be self-sufficient, with the youth inmates learning vocational skills while interned there.

California Historical Landmark: 867

National Register of Historic Places: 75000422 NRHP Images (pdf) NHRP Registration Form (pdf)

PCAD id: 21967