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City's Oldest Gay Bar Eligible to Become a National Landmark

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After receiving a letter from the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, the New York State Historic Preservation Office has agreed to consider Julius' Bar in the West Village for designation as a national landmark. The state preservation office cited the bar's history—it opened in 1864 and was the site of the 1966 "Sip-in" that helped end the state's prohibition on serving alcohol to anyone known to be gay—as well as its well-maintained interiors as factors that contribute to its case for landmarking. If the bar, located on the ground floor of a three-story stucco-clad building at 159 West 10th Street, achieved landmark status, that would make it only the third site associated with LGBT rights included in the National Register (currently, the only two are the Stonewall Inn and the Washington D.C. home of Mattachine Society co-founder Franklin Kameny) although, as the state preservation office explained in its letter to the GVSHP, "During the early years of the preservation movement, historic districts were largely evaluated based on their intact architecture, and rarely for their social significance."
· Village Gay Bar Julius' Could Become National Landmark [DNAinfo]
· West Village's Julius' Bar Eligible for State and National Historic Registers [GVSHP]