28th Street YMCA

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28th Street YMCA
28th Street Y.M.C.A. Building (South Los Angeles).jpg
28th Street YMCA, October 2008
28th Street YMCA is located in Los Angeles Metropolitan Area
28th Street YMCA
Location 1006 East 28th Street, Los Angeles, California
Coordinates 34°01′01″N 118°15′26″W / 34.01694°N 118.25722°W / 34.01694; -118.25722Coordinates: 34°01′01″N 118°15′26″W / 34.01694°N 118.25722°W / 34.01694; -118.25722
Built 1926 (1926)
Architect Paul R. Williams, Norman F. Marsh
Architectural style Spanish Colonial Revival
Governing body Private
MPS African Americans in Los Angeles
NRHP Reference # 09000145[1]
LAHCM # 851
Significant dates
Added to NRHP March 17, 2009
Designated LAHCM September 27, 2006[2]

The 28th Street YMCA is a historic YMCA building in South Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California. It was listed as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 2006 and put on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009. The four-story structure was built in 1926 at a cost of $200,000. The building was designed by noted African American architect Paul R. Williams in the Spanish Colonial Revival style.

The building is considered to be historically significant because of its association with Paul R. Williams and because it is one of two club buildings remaining in Los Angeles that were founded by and for African Americans. The 28th Street YMCA, also sometimes referred to as the "Colored YMCA", was a milestone for the city's African American community. Many recreational facilities, including public swimming pools, were racially segregated in the 1920s, and the 28th Street YMCA provided a gymnasium, swimming pool, and 52 dormitory rooms on the upper floors.[3][4][5]

The building was deemed to satisfy the registration requirement for club buildings set forth in a multiple property submission study, the African Americans in Los Angeles MPS.[3][4] Other sites listed pursuant to the same African Americans in Los Angeles MPS include the Angelus Funeral Home, Lincoln Theater, Second Baptist Church, Prince Hall Masonic Temple, 52nd Place Historic District, 27th Street Historic District, and two historic all-black segregated fire stations (Fire Station No. 14 and Fire Station No. 30).

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  1. ^ "NPS Focus". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved June 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ Los Angeles Department of City Planning (2007-09-07). "Historic - Cultural Monuments (HCM) Listing: City Declared Monuments" (PDF). City of Los Angeles. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  3. ^ a b Teresa Grimes, Christopher A. Joseph & Associates (June 1, 2008). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form for 28th Street YMCA" (PDF). LA Conservancy. Archived (PDF) from the original on 25 July 2011. Retrieved June 11, 2011.  text also available here and accompanying photos
  4. ^ a b Teresa Grimes, Christopher A. Joseph & Associates (December 31, 2008). "National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Documentation Form for Historic Resources Associated with African Americans in Los Angeles" (PDF). caltek.net. Retrieved June 11, 2011. 
  5. ^ "28th Street YMCA - Los Angeles". Paul R. Williams Project.