Audre Lorde Residence

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

207 St. Paul’s Avenue

ARCHITECT: Otto Loeffler

DATE: 1898

cultural landmark cultural site LGBT

Designated: June 18, 2019

Having served as the former home of the influential writer, scholar, and civil rights activist Audre Lorde from 1972 to 1987, 207 St. Paul’s Avenue is culturally and historically significant in a great number of ways.

Writing as a black lesbian feminist, Audre Lorde and her internationally renowned body of work spoke largely to the discriminatory injustices faced by the LGBT community and women of color, and as such, she was a prominent voice in the civil rights and liberation movements of the 1970s. Having once said, “I write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves”, Lorde’s activism and published works openly challenged institutional sexism and racism.

While living at this residence, Lorde authored many of her notable works such as The Black Unicorn and Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, co-founded Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press which exclusively published works by and about women of color, spoke at the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights in 1979, and held the distinguished position of Thomas Hunter Chair of Literature at Hunter College.

Audre Lorde was officially named Poet Laureate of New York State during her final year living at this residence; further strengthening the significant link between this 1898 home and her inspiring legacy.

*image courtesy of the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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Jun 3, 2019

HDC@LPC: Designation Testimony – LGBTQ Sites

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