Dunbar Commons, historically known as Dunbar Elementary School, was built in phases from 1922-1934; a gymnasium addition was added to the westernmost end of the bulding in the 1980s. Dunbar School stands as a physical reminder of the not so distant era of school segregation in Oklahoma City. The school is the only existing "separate" elementary school building in Oklahoma City and is a notable example of the Classical Revival style. Designed by renowned Architect, Solomon A. Layton. Dunbar was named in honor of famed African American poet, Paul Lawrence Dunbar and is located in the residential area referred to as the John F. Kennedy neighborhood.
The 52,000 square foot Dunbar School has been adapted into 52 affordable senior apartments. The tall gym has a new floor inserted to add 7,000 more square feet. Dunbar School is individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places. PandDStudio provided a variety of services including historical research, writing and processing a National Register nomination, preservation and design consulting, and preservation tax credits consulting and application management. The project received the State Historic Preservation Officer's Citation of Merit.
LOCATION: Oklahoma City, OK
CLIENT: Old School Properties–Dunbar, LLC