In 1972, Twin Peaks Tavern became the first gay bar in the Castro to install floor to ceiling windows facing towards the street as a statement against hiding in the shadows. It’s in the gateway to the Castro facing towards Jane Warner Plaza, Market Street, 17th Street and Castro Street. It’s often been referred to as the gay Cheers bar. Today, it’s under consideration to receive Article 10 landmark status from the San Francisco Historic Preservation Commission.
According to a San Francisco Preservation Bulletin, Article 10 landmark status is:
Adopted in 1967, Article 10 of the Planning Code provides for San Francisco the ability to identify, designate and protect landmarks from inappropriate alterations. Article 10 also contains language to impose a moratorium on proposed demolitions of landmark sites in order to explore alternatives to demolition of landmarks and buildings located within historic districts.
Though this is great news for the neighborhood bar, ”Landmarking a building can present additional costs and hurdles to making changes,” explained District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener in an interview with the Huffington Post. “And I’m very much of the belief that you shouldn’t be landmarking a building unless the owner is supportive.”
According to the commission’s report, the building and business owner have been notified on multiple occasions about the consideration. The commission is awaiting a response from the building’s owner.