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Activists seek landmark status for historic LGBT sites

All three buildings are currently within landmarked districts

March 08, 2014 12:00PM

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From left: the Stonewall Inn at 53 Christopher Street, Julius’ Bar at 159 West 10th Street and the Gay Activists Alliance Firehouse at 99 Wooster Street

From left: the Stonewall Inn at 53 Christopher Street, Julius’ Bar at 159 West 10th Street and the Gay Activists Alliance Firehouse at 99 Wooster Street

WEEKENDEDITION Preservationists and LGBT activists are teaming up to seek landmark protections for three historic Greenwich Village and Soho sites.

All three sites, which include the Stonewall Inn at 53 Christopher Street, Julius’ Bar at 159 West 10th Street and the Gay Activists Alliance Firehouse at 99 Wooster Street, are already within landmarked districts, according the Villager.

However, since the Greenwich Village Historic District and the Soho Cast-Iron Historic District designation reports where drawn up before the Stonewall riots, they do not specifically cite the buildings’ historical importance to the LGBT Community.

The Julius’, which is the city’s oldest gay bar, was the site of a 1966 “Sip-In” protest and the Wooster Street site in Soho was the headquarters for the Gay Activists Alliance from 1971 to 1974. [The Villager]Christopher Cameron

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