Southern Aid Society Building/Dunbar Theater

1901‑03 7th Street, NW

The Southern Aid Society/Dunbar Theater Building, designed in 1919 by noted Black architect Isaiah T. Hatton, served as the Washington headquarters for the Southern Aid Society, the oldest Black life insurance company in the country. The Dunbar Theater, a movie theater designed by Reginald W. Geare, occupied the first floor. The building also provided residential units, offices, and commercial space for Blacks. This mixed use building was an important element of the Black commercial area that developed around 7th and U Streets in the early part of the 20th century.

DC Inventory: May 16, 1984
National Register: November 6, 1986



1901‑03 7th Street, NW