Gay Activists Alliance Firehouse (former Engine Company No. 13)

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark


DATE: 1881-82

cultural landmark cultural site LGBT Soho

Designated: June 18, 2019

The former Engine Company No. 13 served as the headquarters for America’s most influential gay liberation political activist organization in the 1970’s. This former 1850’s firehouse at 99 Wooster Street is in the SoHo Cast Iron Historic District, but the this Individual Landmark status is in recognition of the significant cultural and historical value for our city. From within the walls of this historic firehouse, the Gay Activists Alliance (GAA) worked to advance LGBT civil and social rights by lobbying for the passage of local legislation and planning countless sit-ins and picket line protests. Many LGBT groups met in the building, such as Lesbian Feminist Liberation, Gay Youth, the Gay Men’s Health Project, and the Catholic group Dignity.

*image courtesy of the Landmarks Preservation Commission

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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