Avalon Music, A Historical LandMark Was First Created in 1919, And Was First Named Northwestern Hotel. But In 1944, Vern Manning Bought It And Renamed It The Avalon Hotel.As the only hotel in the area which welcomed African Americans before desegregation, its guests included Duke Ellington and boxer Henry Armstrong. It became a local focus of the Civil Rights Movement and opposition to it; both a march for racial equality and a cross burning occurred at the property on August 23, 1963.
It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. It has since been restored as retail and studio space, and houses a shop for musical instruments and audio equipment, Owned By Steve Lalama.