Julius’ Bar Building Calendared by NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission for Consideration as Individual Landmark

 

 

 

Image via Zoom Meeting ~ NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission

The Julius’ Bar Building located at 186-188 Waverly Place and 159 West 10th Street) has been Calendared by NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission to be considered as an Individual Landmark.

Julius’ is the oldest gay bar in New York City, comprised of three structures. 188 Waverly Place built in 1826, 159 West 10th Street in 1845, and the hyphen connecting them in 1874.

Interior, view along bar, camera facing northeast. Photograph by Christopher D. Brazee, courtesy of New York State Historic Preservation Office

The bar attracted both gay and straight, and was said by famed photographer WeeGee in 1946 to be “a rendezvous of artists and writers and the friendliest bar in the Village.

During that time, gay bars were a target for for the authorities, who considered them to be ‘disorderly.’ Bar who didn’t comply were under threat of loosing their liquor license. In an attempt to challenge this, member os the Mattachine Society staged a Sip-In’s at several bars throughout Manhattan. On April 21, 1966. The three men sat at the bar at Julius’, ordered, and after the bar tender poured their drinks, announced that they were gay ~ with a journalist from the Village Voice, camera in hand, at the other end of the bar. The infamous picture, taken by the Village Voice, later appeared in the New York Times.

Famous photograph of the Sip-In at Julius’ Bar. Image via history.com

….when we walked in, the bartender put glasses in front of us, and we told him that we were gay and we intended to remain orderly, we just wanted service. And he said, hey, you’re gay, I can’t service you, and he put his hands over the top of the glass, which made wonderful photographs.“….Dick Leitsch, Sip-In organizer and participant

Image via NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission Zoom Meeting, Sept 14, 2022

The Sip-In at Julius’ is considered to be a significant event, resulting in the State Liquor Authority’s change in policy, allowing the LGBTQ community to gather openly.

Julius’ is the oldest gay bar in New York City, comprised of three structures. 188 Waverly Place built in 1826, 159 West 10th Street in 1845, and the hyphen connecting them in 1874.Image via NYC Landmarks Preservation, Zoom Meeting, Sept 13, 2022

Located just two blocks from the historic Stonewall Inn, at 188 Waverly Place (159 West 10th Street) in Greenwich Village, Julius’ Bar ~ owned and operated by Helen Buford ~  was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on December, 2015.

Image via NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, Zoom Meeting, Sept 13, 2022

On the anniversary of the Sip-In, a plaque was added in 2022 by the Village Preservation and the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project to commemorate the bar’s role in LGBT history and activism.

Taken from one of our favorite interactive sites ~ Street View Map Showing NYC in 1940

Stay tuned for date on public hearing at NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission. Follow Julius’ Bar on Instagram.

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