Originally named the Somerville Hotel, the Dunbar Hotel was the center of the African-American community in Los Angeles from the 1930s through the 1950s.
Thomas Safran & Associates and the Coalition for Responsible Community Development have cleaned up and transformed one of the neighborhood’s most dangerous buildings. During the process, they forged a strong relationship with residents and police, an alliance that has earned a national award.
In addition to rehabilitating the Dunbar Hotel and its 40 affordable units, the team renovated two adjacent buildings to increase its impact. As a result, the project provides 81 apartments.