Cal Poly, SLO’s Old Science Building 52 North is No More, RIP.

As a former Cal Poly SLO student, I fondly remember the old Science Building 52 North.  It was kind of old and funky, but it had a certain charm.  I wish I had thought to get some pictures of it…

Cal Poly just knocked it down to make room for a new Center for Science and Math.   They have web cams, photo galleries and other good information there.  The construction site is known as “Area 52” which has a really cute web site with more photos and videos.  You can follow area52CalPoly on Twitter to get up to date construction info.  Videos at http://www.youtube.com/user/AldenCalPoly.

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I took some photos as I walked around…

This map shows pretty clearly the old building that was removed.

This map shows pretty clearly the old building that was removed.

I walked to the top of Fisher Science and snapped some photos.

I walked to the top of Fisher Science and snapped some photos.

Not much left but a pile of rubble.

Not much left but a pile of rubble.

From the ground, peeking over the fence.

From the ground, peeking over the fence.

This is one of the "Area 52" signs seen on the fences.

This is one of the "Area 52" signs seen on the fences.

Here's an aerial photo from http://area52.calpoly.edu

Here's an aerial photo from http://area52.calpoly.edu

This is what it'll look like some day.

This is what it'll look like some day.

    • Therin Irwin
    • April 13th, 2011

    Half of it is still there..

  1. Hmm. I suppose. I think map geeks used to call the part that is gone “52 North” versus 52 which is still there. They were 2 separate buildings. The construction map I referenced map shows this. Current maps like at http://maps.calpoly.edu have already been updated and just show a hole where 52 North used to be.

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