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Dunbar Hotel, Los Angeles

#39 of 47 in Historic Sites in Los Angeles
Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
The Dunbar Hotel, originally known as the Hotel Somerville, was the focal point of the Central Avenue African-American community in Los Angeles, California, during the 1930s and 1940s. Built in 1928, it was known for its first year as the Hotel Somerville. Upon its opening, it hosted the first national convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to be held in the western United States. In 1930, the hotel was renamed the Dunbar, and it became the most prestigious hotel in LA's African-American community. In the early 1930s, a nightclub opened at the Dunbar, and it became the center of the Central Avenue jazz scene in the 1930s and 1940s. The Dunbar hosted Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Lionel Hampton, Count Basie, Lena Horne, and many other jazz legends. Other noteworthy people who stayed at the Dunbar include W. E. B. Du Bois, Joe Louis, Ray Charles, and Thurgood Marshall. Former heavyweight champion Jack Johnson also ran a nightclub at the Dunbar in the 1930s.

No longer a hotel, the building was renovated in the 2010s and is now part of a larger residential community named Dunbar Village.

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  • pretty cool hotel , stayed here to celebrate our good friends birthday , close to everything , Bars are excellent  more »
  • I have been in this hotel in the past but to be quite honest the place has never looked better the rooms look a lot nicer now and as well new tvs jajaja I spent all my day in my room!  more »
  • A great place to live , but they need a better management team to help make seniors more comfortable and healthy .The Dunbar Village need to have out going events for residents to get out and be part of the community and to socialize with other.
  • I've tried before to apply; but procrastinated following through visiting the facility. I have to take advantage of this opportunity and get involved with other seniors whom I can bond with. I realize that here in Los Angeles; housing is competitive but at the Dunbar; housing is affordable, based on my income. I rate it 5☆'s.

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