Built by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. between 1926-1928, this historic complex was designed by architect Andrew J. Thomas, and named in honor of the famous African-American novelist and poet, Paul Laurence Dunbar. The buildings center around an interior garden courtyard, with each building "U"-shaped so that every apartment receives easy air flow and direct sunlight at some point during the day. Notable residences include the explorer Matthew Henson (who, along with Robert Perry, discovered the North Pole), and author and civil rights activist, W.E.B Du Bois. On the 26th of May 1970, the Dunbar was designated a New York City landmark and in 1979 was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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