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Press Conference at 186 Spring Street Photos and Video 08/22/12

Sites Near 186 Spring Street which the Landmarks Preservation Commission
HAS landmarked (all in 2010)

Map of affected sites in the unprotected South Village

Determination of Eligibility for 186 Spring Street’s listing on the State and National Registers of Historic Places 09/07/12

LPC’s response to requests for landmarking 09/18/12

Letter to LPC with additional information on 186 Spring Street 09/05/12

GVSHP’s request for evaluation for State and National Registers of Historic Places 08/31/12

GVSHP’s request for landmark designation of 186 Spring Street 08/28/12

LPC Response Letter About 186 Spring Street Landmarking 08/15/12

GVSHP’s updated request to LPC for landmark desingation of 186 Spring Street 07/16/12

GVSHP’s request to LPC for landmark desingation of 186 Spring Street 07/06/12

Support for Landmarking:

Preservation League of NY State 07/11/12

Gay & Lesbian Independent Democrats 07/17/12

Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club 07/17/12

State Senator Duane, Assembly Member Glick, & City Council Speaker Quinn 07/19/12

National Gay & Lesbian Task Force 07/20/12

LGBT Center 07/23/12

City Council Member Daniel Dromm 07/25/12

City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer 07/27/12

Queer History Alliance 07/30/12

City Council Member Jessica Lappin 07/31/12

Place Matters 08/01/12

City Council Member Rosie Mendez 08/15/12

Architectural Historian Andrew Dolkart 08/26/12

City Council Member Daniel Dromm’s response to the LPC 08/29/12

LGBT Center’s response to the LPC 08/30/12

Council Member Rosie Mendez’s response to the LPC 09/17/12



This nearly 200 year old house became a ‘gay commune’ in the early 1970s, in which some of the most important and influential activist figures of the time resided. This included Jim Owles, who co-founded the Gay Activists Alliance and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), was the first openly-gay candidate for office in New York City, and lobbied for the very first gay anti-discrimination ordinances in New York City and State. It also included Bruce Voeller, who co-founded and was the first director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, was the plaintiff in a landmark Supreme Court case establishing gay and lesbian parental rights, got what had been called “Gay Related Immune Deficiency Disorder (GRIDD)” renamed the more accurate and less stigmatizing “Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)”, and conducted the first published study demonstrating that condom usage could prevent the spread of AIDS. Both of these men did much of this groundbreaking work while living at 186 Spring Street.

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