2717 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
Fort Myers, Florida 33916
This site is located in the Southwest region of the state.
McCollum Hall is located in the Dunbar Community at the NE corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Cranford Avenue.
Constructed in 1938 by Clifford McCollum, Sr., McCollum Hall became a major commercial center in the Dunbar Community. The second story was designed to house a large dance hall with a raised stage for live performances. Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, B.B. King and other nationally famous performers appeared at this venue. During World War II, the second floor facility served as a USO for African-American troops stationed at Page and Buckingham Fields. As big bands regularly performed at McCollum Hall, it was common to find white residents and soldiers in attendance.
While the McCollum Hall structure remains, the second floor dance hall became a rooming house in the mid-1980's.