Historic Local Architecture

Original Buildings
Cambria, California

Cambria is brimming with historic architecture, from The Music House dating back to 1865 to Soto’s Market built in 1939. Tour historical Victorian houses and stop in at Mozzi’s, a historic saloon that harks back to the roaring ’20s.

Cambria has an eclectic and charming collection of many architectural styles embracing modern, Victorian, Old World, bungalow and cottage to name a few.  Victorian architecture was very popular at the turn of the century, when Cambria was becoming a bustling town near one of the regions largest mines. This style of architecture was the inspiration for many of the buildings still standing in Cambria today. Interpretations of the historic style are mixed with more modern influences for a quirky and welcoming atmosphere.

Nearby Hearst Castle is also a must-see architectural phenomenon, built between 1922 and 1939 in the “historic romantic” style by architect Julia Morgan. And Cambria’s own Nitt Witt Ridge has an architectural style of its own, built by novice folk artist and junk collector Arthur “Art” Harold Beal in the ’20s and beyond.

Whatever your preference, Cambria’s local architecture is sure to inspire and awe.

Highway Closures

Highway 1 Closure

If you're heading to the Central Coast, be sure to be mindful of the stretch of Highway 1, 21 miles north of Cambria. Caltrans is busy with a major construction project to make traveling along the stunning Pacific Coast Highway a safer journey.

Highway 1 Storm Repair Along the Big Sur Coast Due to multiple active slides, State Route 1 is now closed between Ragged Pt. (SLO 72.87) and just south of Nepenthe (Mon 44).

Worried about Highway 1 Road Closures? Cambria and Hearst Castle are easily accessible from Highway 46 West from 101 South of Paso Robles or from northbound Highway 1 from the city of San Luis Obispo. Travelers from the north can easily take Highway 101 as an alternate route to Highway 1, which reduces travel time to Cambria by about 25 minutes.

For the latest road closure information visit the Caltrans website.