The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission has denied the request for the building located at, 186 Spring Street, to be designated as a landmark, stating that the building lacks the requisite architectural integrity from the original construction.
The building, constructed in 1824, is clearly older than its surroundings. Visually and architecturally a standout with an extraordinary LGBT History, the building was home to early leaders of the gay rights movement in the 1970s, including Jim Owles, co-founder of GAA and the city's first only gay candidate for public office, and Bruce Voeller, who co-founded the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the nation's first such organization, and Arnie Kantrowitz, who co-founded GLAAD.
The contributions of the people who lived in this building were major, groundbreaking, earth-shattering, and history-making for gay rights.
As a significant piece of gay heritage and the city's history, we must have this here for future generations. The alternative is the destruction and the loss of something that cannot be recaptured.
Stop the Demolition, Keep the Bricks, and Save 186.