The Cambrian is moving, but not too far.
After nearly a quarter-century in its location at the eastern edge of the East Village, the newspaper’s offices are moving up the road toward the center of town.
And in a fascinating coincidence, our new home was once owned by a long-ago member of the San Luis Obispo Telegram’s board of directors.
The new office will still be on the same side of the street and, like The Cambrian’s current digs, it will be in a historic house.
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We’ll settle in at 2068 Main St., adjacent to Hauser Brothers Goldsmiths, at the end of August.
“The Cambrian has been an integral part of the Cambria community for more than four decades,” said Devon Goetz, general manager and vice president of human resources for The Tribune, which publishes the Cambrian.
“This move, into an impeccably restored historic home in the heart of town, positions us well to continue serving readers and advertisers for many more years to come. It’s a beautiful space, full of light, and will have vastly upgraded Internet capabilities for our Cambria staff. We look forward to showing it off to the community once we’re settled.”
The Cambrian, founded in 1931, is a weekly publication of the San Luis Obispo Tribune serving readers in Cambria, San Simeon, Harmony and throughout the North Coast in print and online.
The new office will be home to the Cambrian’s editorial and business staff, who will continue to coordinate news coverage and business operations from Cambria. As part of the move, the Cambrian will upgrade its Internet capabilities, enabling it to enhance online coverage as it strives to provide more timely and informative news via its growing digital platform.
The Cambrian has been at 2442 Main St. since it signed a lease at the historic home in August 1992. Before that, the newspaper published out of the West Village at 783 Main St.
The current building, known as the Shaw/Steiner House, dates to 1914.
Our new location, recently refurbished, is even older, dating back to the turn of the 20th century. According to Cambria historical and genealogical researcher Melo-dy Coe, it came into the possession of Cambria pioneer James Taylor sometime between 1890 and 1910.
Taylor, who arrived with his brothers Peter and John in 1868 after immigrating from Scotland to New York, was a major lender around the turn of the 20th century, Coe said — at one point, he owned several homes in Cambria, many of which he took as collateral and acquired when borrowers failed to repay loans. The house on Main, she said, was one of them.
James Taylor served on the board of directors for the Telegram in the early 20th century (long before it merged with the rival Telegram to become The Telegram-Tribune). With his brothers, he owned much of the land that now makes up Cambria, including Lodge Hill and Park Hill, all the way down to Green Valley Road (Highway 46), said Coe, who is working on a book about the Taylor family’s history.
When James Taylor died in 1911, she said, he left the house on Main Street to his daughter, Jeanette Taylor, the great-aunt by marriage of current Cambria resident Phyllis Taylor, 93.
The house is now owned by Joel Hauser, who also owns Hauser Brothers Goldsmith’s. His brother, Phil Hauser, and used it for many years as a pewter foundry and sculpture gallery.