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.


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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