The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously today to designate the Stonewall Inn as a historical landmark.
“New York City’s greatness lies in its inclusivity and diversity,” Landmarks Preservation Commission Chair Meenakshi Srinivasan said. “The events at Stonewall were a turning point in the LGBT rights movement and in the history of our nation. This building is a symbol of a time when LGBT New Yorkers took a stand and vowed that they would no longer live in the shadows, standing up for the equal rights of all New Yorkers. I am proud that the Commission has designated this very special site as an individual landmark and that we have officially recognized the significance of the Stonewall Inn to the history of our city.”
The two buildings that comprised the Stonewall Inn were originally built in the 1840s as stables, and in 1930 were merged at the first story and given a unified faade. Their combined ground floor commercial space originally housed a bakery, and in 1934 it was taken over by the Stonewall Inn Restaurant. The property reopened in 1967 as a gay club, retaining the name Stonewall Inn
“Recognizing and protecting the tremendous historic significance of the Stonewall Inn is incredibly important, long overdue and more than worth the struggle it took to achieve,” Andrew Berman, the executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, said in a statement released after the vote.
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