Project Update

Recognizing LGBT Historic Sites Across the Country

May 5, 2019

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US Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announcing the National Park Service's LGBTQ America theme study in front of Stonewall, June 2014. Source: The Obama White House archived website.

In addition to the list we’re keeping of NYC’s LGBT sites on the National Register of Historic Places, we’re proud to share other LGBT listings that were nominated and written by our colleagues across the United States.

All properties below are listed on the National Register, but those deemed to have exceptional significance to American history can further be designated National Historic Landmarks.

Properties that have already been listed on the National Register can later have their nomination reports amended to include significant history that was not mentioned in the original nomination. Sites that have been amended to include their LGBT significance are noted here.

National Monument:

  • Stonewall – New York, NY (2016)

National Historic Landmark:

  • Stonewall – New York, NY (2000)
  • Henry Gerber House – Chicago, IL (2015)
  • James Merrill House – Stonington, CT (2016)
  • Pauli Murray Family Home – Durham, NC (2017)

National Register of Historic Places:

  • Stonewall – New York, NY (1999)
  • Dr. Franklin E. Kameny Residence – Washington, D.C. (2011)
  • Cherry Grove Community House and Theater – Cherry Grove, NY (2013)
  • James Merrill House – Stonington, CT (2013)
  • Carrington House – Cherry Grove, NY (2014)
  • Henry Gerber House – Chicago, IL (2015)
  • Bayard Rustin Residence – New York, NY (2016)
  • Julius’ – New York, NY (2016)
  • The Furies Collective – Washington, D.C. (2016)
  • Casa Orgullo – San Juan, Puerto Rico (2016)
  • Elks Athletic Club/Henry Clay Hotel – Louisville, KY (2016 amendment)
  • Whiskey Row Historic District – Louisville, KY (2017 amendment)
  • Pauli Murray Family Home – Durham, NC (2017)
  • Alice Austen House – Staten Island, NY (2017 amendment)
  • The Great Wall of Los Angeles – Los Angeles, CA (2017)
  • Caffe Cino – New York, NY (2017)
  • San Francisco Federal Building – San Francisco, CA (2017)
  • Earl Hall, Columbia University – New York, NY (2018)
  • The Women’s Building – San Francisco, CA (2018)
  • Boulder County Courthouse – Boulder, CO (2018 amendment)
  • First Unitarian Church – Denver, CO (2018 amendment)

Are we missing a site? Let us know and we’ll add it to the list!

We also recommend looking through the groundbreaking LGBTQ America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History, published by the National Park Service in October 2016. The study includes a New York City chapter written by our co-director Jay Shockley.