Dunbar Theater/Southern Aid Society

Dunbar Theater/Southern Aid Society (HM1LEB)

Location: Washington, DC 20001
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 54.946', W 77° 1.311'

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African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC

— 1901-1903 Seventh Street, NW —

The Southern Aid Society, one of the nation's oldest black insurance companies, opened this building as its headquarters in 1921. At the street level it housed the Dunbar Theatre, a popular movie house owned by the Murray family. Offices occupied the second floor, and apartments the third. The building's architect, Isaiah T. Hatton, graduated from M Street High School in 1905, then studied steam engineering and worked as a draftsman in the office of architect William Sidney Pittman. Hatton also designed the Whitelaw Hotel (1839 13th Street, NW), the Industrial Savings Bank (12th and U streets), the Murray Palace Casino (918 U Street), and a number of churches and private residences.
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Date Added Monday, June 29th, 2015 at 10:05am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 324709 N 4309372
Decimal Degrees38.91576667, -77.02185000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 54.946', W 77° 1.311'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 54' 56.76" N, 77° 1' 18.66" W
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Area Code(s)202, 703
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1901 7th St NW, Washington DC 20001, US
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