Monday, February 23, 2009

The Clermont/Coast Hotel

In 2001, with a lot of research and determination, Karen Huff and the Black Historical Society of San Diego had the above building at 7th and Island named a Black Historic Site. Today, the Society continues to work toward preserving buildings as well as giving tours downtown that highlight African American history in the Gaslamp, offering a genealogy library and outreach programs, hosting the annual Black Film Festival and a weekly farmer's market.

P.S.: Here's a link (pdf) to a very thorough article about the history of the Douglas and Clermont hotels and the founding of the Black Historical Society.

2 Comments:

Blogger Jacob said...

Very nice. What is the building used for today. Thanks for your all your historical information for Black History month.

Mon Feb 23, 09:52:00 AM PST  
Blogger Felicia said...

Thanks Jacob. I put a link to the article where I read most of the information about the hotels. In that article it says the hotel is a residential hotel to low income renters - that was in 2005 and I guess that it still is today.

Mon Feb 23, 04:33:00 PM PST  

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