The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark


ARCHITECT: Ammon Macvey (central), Thomas R. Jackson and William H. Wilcox

DATE: c. 1869 c. 1879, 1887 (wings)

STYLE: Italianate

cultural landmark cultural site LGBT

Designated: June 18, 2019

Since 1984 208 West 13th Street has been home to the LGBT Center. Hosting cultural programs and speaker events, which brought well-known LGBT figures such as Audre Lorde and Quentin Crisp to meet with members of the lesbian and gay community, the historic building at 208 West 13th Street was a haven for a criminalized population that regularly experienced institutional discrimination. Of the many groups to call The Center home, the Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights famously worked to promote the Gay Rights Bill through demonstrations and were considered to be instrumental in the New York City Council’s passing of the bill in 1986. Additionally, The Center served as a space of remembrance, memorializing those lost to the AIDS crisis and commemorating the 20th anniversary of Stonewall through an expansive art installation.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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Jun 3, 2019

HDC@LPC: Designation Testimony – LGBTQ Sites

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“I don’t know what the City would be without HDC. [They] testified before LPC time after time and helped us focus on the right issues. We would not be an historic district without HDC! ”

Doreen Gallo: DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance

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Fern Luskin: Lamartine Place Historic District; Friends of Lamartine Place & Gibbons Underground Railroad Site

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Zella Jones: NoHo Historic District; NoHo East; and NoHo Extension

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“I remember Richard saying at a meeting, we have someone here from HDC, Nadezhda Williams, Director of Preservation and Research, to help us. She said to us, ‘You are not the only ones going through this.’ HDC included us in an enormous community”

Erika Petersen: West End Preservation Society

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