As we’ve posted several times, the Castro’s venerable LGBT bar, Twin Peaks Tavern, perched on the corner of 17th Street and Castro, has been in contention to be elevated to San Francisco historical, landmark status. On January 15th, in a unanimous decision, the eleven members of the City’s Board of Supervisors approved Twin Peak’s new, honored, and well deserved designation.
As noted in past posts Twin Peaks Tavern was the first LGBT bar in the Castro-if not the country-to unashamedly sport full length, plate glass windows, becoming a visible symbol of unapologetic pride in the LGBT movement.
Many younger members in our community are unimpressed and find this simple act of coming out as a Gay bar; exposing it’s windows, interior revealed, the life led inside by it’s patrons without shame an odd gesture to celebrate.
At the time Twin Peaks took that big step identifying one’s true self and community as Queer was always a supreme act of revolution. People were still losing jobs, apartments, community standings, and families for being openly LGBT.
The legislation denoting the honor was introduced into chambers by District Eight Supervisor Scott Wiener. Local Gay paper, The Bay Area Reporter, quoted a statement from Mr. Wiener that said in part, “Twin Peaks Tavern has been at the center of our LGBT community for over 40 years, I’m excited to celebrate the historical significance of this iconic bar in the heart of the Castro.”
The benefits of being a historical landmark according to the B.A.R report: California’s historical building code provides alternative building regulations for permitting repairs, alterations, and additions necessary for the preservation, rehabilitation, relocation, related construction, or continued use of a qualified historical building.
Heartiest congratulations to owners Jeffrey Green and George Roehm. The beloved Twin Peaks Tavern is only the third, LGBT, distinct space thus designated officially ‘historic’ within San Francisco. The other two are Harvey Milk’s original shop/residence on Castro and the former home to internationally recognized and idolized, Cleve Jone’s brainchild, the AIDS Memorial Quilt first workshop and office on Market Street.