Project Summary

The Historic Dunbar Hotel was recently renovated into a 43-unit Senior Affordable Housing apartment building. In the thirties and forties, the Dunbar Hotel was the center of the West Coast jazz scene and the first African-American-owned hotel in Los Angeles.

Improvements included removal of hazardous asbestos, drywall and extensive structural flooring. Additions include fire sprinklers and fire alarm, new drywall, roof, cabinets, and granite counter tops. Substantial energy efficient upgrades include LED lighting HVAC, new Energy Star appliances, elevator, solar electric, and all new water-saving plumbing. Residents also enjoy amenities like new community room, laundry room, and beautiful glass enclosed central courtyard.

Adjacent to the Dunbar Hotel are the Somerville Apartments, which are now renovated family housing. All three properties create Dunbar Village, an 85-unit mixed-use, intergenerational community for seniors and families.


2014 Gold Nugget Award – PCBC
Dunbar Hotel, Project of the Year – Affordable

2014 Los Angeles Conservancy
Preservation Award – Historic, Dunbar Hotel

2014 Westside Urban Forum
Westside Prize, Dunbar Hotel

4225 South Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90011

Project Type
Senior Apartments
43 units, 4 story Apartments
Construction Cost – $12 million

Dunbar Village, LP

Financial Partners

  • Los Angeles Housing Department
  • Union Bank
  • CRA-LA


  • Union Bank

Withee Malcolm Architects

9% Low Income Housing Tax Credits, CTCAC

  • Central Avenue and the Dunbar Hotel have long been an important part of our Los Angeles history. It is wonderful to see the Avenue come alive again and know that this historic landmark has been restored.

    Councilwoman Jan Perry Los Angeles, CA
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