Opened in 1950 as the Flamingo Hotel, it was one of the few large apartment complexes where African Americans could live. The hotel was one block from the Blue Horizon/Mercantile Hall which played host to jazz legends, including Cliff Brown and Fats Navarro. The hotel is now housing for Temple University students.
In an interview with All About Jazz, WRTI Jazz Host Bob Perkins recalled:
A year ago, I did a short documentary on Bird (Charlie Parker), and found out about the apartment he lived in at Broad and Stiles near Girard Avenue.
Curiously, I lived in the same building 30 years later. Bird was there in 1952 to 1953. I lived there in 1980, between marriages. And, believe it or not, Dave Brubeck also lived there! He told me that, personally. It was called the Flamingo apartments—a hot place to live at the time. Arthur Prysock lived there.