Monday Series: Historic SLO Buildings
Hey everyone! Hope you had a fun weekend.
Today we are going to talk about the historic JP Andrews building on the corner of Monterey and Osos Streets.
-JP Andrews, originally from North Carolina, came to San Luis Obispo in 1857.
-In 1885 Andrews Hotel was built, only to burn down nine months later. Andrews was barely phased though and rebuilt right away.
-JP Andrews Banking Company was founded in 1893 right after the building was finished.
-JP stands for “John Pinkney”, passed down from a great grandfather who was an American General.
-The building has housed many different companies including: bank, library, restaurants, a newspaper company, and an auto club to name a few.
-In 1981 the restoration was complete, as well as the retrofitting process.
-(Kind of gruesome fact): During the drought of 1864, Andrews bought up all the cattle at very low rates from local farmers and fed them to his pigs. Then he sold his pigs at extremely high prices back to the public. Gross, but it made him a big profit.
On that note, have a great afternoon and evening!
Hope you have a great weekend—see you Monday.
Thursday De-stress Motivators
Feeling like the stress is getting to you these days? Try turning off your phone for a little bit.
Here are some tips on what to do while your phone is on vacation:
-Drive home using all back roads.
-High five everyone you pass by.
-Go to a park and walk around barefoot.
-Take your pet for a walk.
-Play an outdoor game with your kid(s).
-Bake a cake.
-Hang out in a hammock.
-Watch a classic or foreign movie.
Give your phone a break and relax!
Wednesday Inspiro: Hospital colors
Hey everyone! Happy Wednesday!
After Monday’s post on the old French Hospital restoration, we got to thinking about color schemes for hospitals. It seems they are all over the place, with opinions varying a ton. But after doing some intense research, we found that the most soothing colors for a hospital are shades of greens and blues with a little gray or beige paired with them.
These colors are not too specific, not too bright or vibrant to cause anxiety, and are versatile enough to go with most decor themes. It’s interesting to see how colors affect our moods so much.
Have a good day!
Monday Series: Historic SLO Buildings
Hey everyone! Hope your weekend was fun!
Today we are going to be talking about the old French Hospital building that we are turning into office spaces. Now called Heritage Square, this old building is getting a makeover. It’s an interesting place, with some fun stories about it’s past.
(More photos HERE).
-Built and founded by Dr. William Stover, the building was first named Stover Sanitarium.
-After Dr. Stover left, the building was renamed as San Luis Sanitarium, then later French Hospital.
-There was no elevator in the building, and each floor had ramps for gurneys to be rolled up and down. Due to the steep incline of each ramp, only strong men and women were hired for these job positions. If you visit the building today, you will see stairs in place of where the ramps were, still at the same steep angle too.
-The advancements in medicine transformed this building from a small, simple hospital to a fully funtioning building. Many different types of machines were added, such as the X-ray machine which was put in the basement.
-The original facade of the building was restored, including the crosses on the front of the structure.
-The only modern addition is the connecting structure between the front and back buildings made with huge glass windows.
-And yes, we have installed an elevator! Let’s just hope there aren’t any ghosts roaming around…
Have a great rest of your Monday.
Hey everyone! Happy Friday!
Here are some of our favorites from this week.
Favorite color: Pink paint
Favorite find: mystery tunnels found under Derby Wine Estates
Favorite Project: Wineman Restaurant
Favorite Building Code: Oven hood requirements
Favorite Network: State of Downtown
Have a great weekend!
Thursday Reminders & Motivators
It’s almost the weekend—this week went fast!
Some reminders for you:
-Get your GMSLO ticket soon, it’s next week, 8/23 at 7:30am. See you there!
-Only 3 concerts left for Concerts in the Plaza.
That’s it for now!
On to the motivation portion. Here’s an article that a coworker found today about 10 perfect steps to a great day. Check it out HERE by INC.com. It sounds like a great way to run your day.
Want to have the best workday ever? Day after day? It’s not as difficult as you think.
These 10 tweaks to your everyday behavior will virtually guarantee you a day that’s not just enjoyable but allows you to get more done than you ever thought possible.
1. Start with 15 minutes of positive input.
It’s easier to achieve and maintain a positive attitude if you have a “library” of positive thoughts in your head, so you can draw upon them if the day doesn’t go exactly as you’d prefer. Start each day by reading (or listening to) an inspirational book to ensure that you have just such a resource at hand.
2. Tie your work to your life’s goals.
Always remember that there’s a deeper reason why you go to work and why you chose your current role. Maybe it’s to support your family, to change the world in some way, to help your customers, to make a difference: Whatever the deeper motivation, remind yourself that this workday—today—is the opportunity to accomplish part of that deeper and more important goal.
3. Use your commute wisely.
Most people waste their commute time listening to the news or (worse, especially if they’re driving) making calls, texting, or answering emails. In fact, your commute time is the perfect time to get yourself pumped up for the day, and there’s no better way to do this than to listen to music that truly inspires you and gets you in the right mood. Don’t depend on a DJ: Make your own mixes!…….
To read the rest of the article click the link above.
Have a great Thursday evening!
POTW: Networking Socials
This week’s topic isn’t about a project but instead about the networking events we go to. Here are some tips for these events to make them efficient uses of your time. You prepare for them so why not make sure all that prep pays off.
Have a great day!
Tuesday Inspiro: Best way to decorate with bright pink
Today’s post has been inspired from yesterday’s Derby Wine Estates restoration project. As you know, restoration can mean completely recreating the original look of a building, even the color palette! In this case, the old Farmer’s Alliance building used to be a very specific bright pink, and it got us thinking about just how to incorporate this bold color into your own building.
Have a great Tuesday!