Davis Avenue Recreation Center

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Davis Avenue Recreation Center
Davis Avenue Recreation Center in Mobile.jpg
Davis Avenue Recreation Center in 2011
Davis Avenue Recreation Center is located in Alabama
Davis Avenue Recreation Center
Location 1361 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
MobileAlabamaUnited States
Coordinates 30°42′0″N 88°3′58″W / 30.70000°N 88.06611°W / 30.70000; -88.06611Coordinates: 30°42′0″N 88°3′58″W / 30.70000°N 88.06611°W / 30.70000; -88.06611
Built 1936
Architectural style Modernist
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 11000407[1]
Added to NRHP June 27, 2011

The Davis Avenue Recreation Center is a historic recreation facility in Mobile, Alabama. The facility was established in 1921 as the first public leisure center for African Americans in segregated Mobile. Initially known as the Davis Avenue Community House, it also featured tennis courts, a swimming pool, and a small park. The need for a larger facility was soon realized, and in 1936 the current structure was completed. It was the only public recreation facility in Mobile built using Works Progress Administration funds. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 27, 2011, due to its significance to the African American history in the city.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ "Davis Avenue Recreation Center in Mobile listed in the National Register". Alabama Historical Commission. Retrieved November 16, 2011.