Built in 1923 in Bessemer, Alabama, just outside of Birmingham, this 36,000 s.f. historic structure operated as a segregated high school for more than 37 years until it’s transition to an integrated elementary and middle school in 1960. StudioAmmons is designing renovations to the gymnasium wing for its continued use as offices and a community center, and creating senior living spaces in the adjacent classroom and vocational training areas to help meet the City’s needs for affordable housing. A new entry area has been carefully designed to be new but compatible with the building's existing understated entries and a new addition is being planned on the original foundations of the original auto shop building. Renovation and restoration plans include creating an interpretive exhibit area to help tell the story of Dunbar High School and promote the mission of the Foundation.