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Victory: Stonewall Inn Is Landmarked

MAS Testimony to the Landmarks Preservation Commission regarding the designation of Stonewall Inn, 51-53 Christopher Street, Manhattan as an Individual Landmark Building

June 22, 2015

The Municipal Art Society (MAS) is a private, non-profit membership organization that advocates for intelligent urban planning, design, and preservation through education, dialogue and advocacy.

MAS supports efforts to preserve cultural landmarks that recognize and protect sites with rich social histories unique to New York City. To this end we support Individual Landmark Designation for the Stonewall Inn, at 51-53 Christopher Street, because of the integral role it played in sparking the modern gay rights movement.

On the evening of June 28, 1969, the Stonewall Inn was the site of a police raid. However, instead of dispersing, patrons unified in spontaneous demonstrations and uprisings that marked a pivotal point in the uphill battle towards just and equal rights for the LGBT community.

LPC Individual Landmark designation would provide much needed protection from future demolition for Stonewall Inn and more importantly it would recognize a building for its connection to LGBT history. Furthermore, LPC designation at the local level would follow steps already taken by the state and federal government in recognizing the special cultural history of this building.

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