Bujumbura has a very small community of foreigners and while there I met the owner of Hotel Club du Lac, Alfredo Frojo, at a reception at the home of the American Embassy's Charge D'Affairs. (I may not get invited to important parties in Los Angeles, but I do in Burundi!) Alfredo, a chic Napolitano, told me that he bought the hotel in 1993, a few months before the start of the civil war. The hotel was shut down and did not open again for more than 10 years. I don't know when the hotel was originally built, but there are such fantastic 1960's details that I'll assume it was during that decade. I'm obsessed with the font/graphics and odd architectural elements and would love to know more if anyone can find it. This hotel is a perfect example of my favorite design category, what I like to call Mid-Century Colonial Modern, which the French, Belgians, Spanish, Portuguese and British did a great deal of around the world when they weren't busy exploiting resources and fomenting ethnic conflict.
p.s. Have you seen the 2006 French movie OSS 117: Cairo Nest of Spies? It's a French spy spoof made by the same cast and crew as The Artist. It takes place in 1960's Cairo and the set design optimizes Mid-Century Colonial Modern. (If you have a better name for this, I'm open to suggestions.)