Vernacular Typography Sunset Cocktail Lounge Photo Print

Image of Vernacular Typography Sunset Cocktail Lounge Photo Print

Archival photo print from the Vernacular Typography collection.

Printed on Kodak Endura Lustre paper with a white border. Unframed. Open edition, signed and dated on verso.

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The Sunset Cocktail Lounge of West Palm Beach, Florida opened on the rooftop of an auto body shop in 1933 and was a lively jazz club (Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie all played there). During segregation, it was a refuge for black musicians and performers who weren’t allowed in the white resorts of Palm Beach.

After the club closed, the building was converted into apartments with a bar downstairs. In 2015, the City of West Palm Beach purchased the building with plans to redevelop the neighborhood and revive it as a jazz destination.

The formerly mint green and pink building has since been repainted blue and yellow.

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