Ah Louis Store

800 Palm St., San Luis Opispo, California


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"AH LOUIS STORE - Ah Louis' Store, established in 1874, was the first Chinese store in the county. It sold general merchandise and herbs and served as a bank, counting house, and post office for the numerous Chinese coolies who dug the eight tunnels through the Mountains of Cuesta for the Southern Pacific Railroad, 1884 to 1894." - California Historic Landmark No.802

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 26, 2008
Reference number
Architectural style
Victorian: Italianate
Areas of significance
Ethnic Heritage - Asian; Commerce
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; B - Person
Property type
Historic functions
Department store; Single dwelling
Current function
Specialty store
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1900-1924; 1925-1949
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 1
Non-contributing buildings: 2
Non-contributing objects: 1

Update Log 

  • March 28, 2019: Updated by Richard Doody: Added historical information
  • March 2, 2017: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: Mapped landmark