The San Francisco Board of Supervisors today unanimously approved designating the Twin Peaks Tavern to be a historic landmark. The longtime gay bar sits at the corner of Castro and Market streets and was the first known gay bar to feature full length open plate glass windows, becoming a visible beacon in the LGBT movement.
The legislation was sponsored by gay District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener.
“Twin Peaks Tavern has been at the center of our LGBT community for over 40 years,” Wiener said in a statement. “I’m excited to celebrate the historical significance of this iconic bar in the heart of the Castro.”
The tavern was founded in the 1930s. In 1972 it was purchased by two lesbians and began its life in the middle of the Castro and LGBT community.
Jeffrey Green and George Roehm currently own the bar.
“We feel the importance of this action is to preserve this not only for ourselves but for future generations, and not only in San Francisco but as a model for other communities and cities nationwide,” Green and Roehm, who are gay, said in an interview last fall. They added that their spouses are “silent partners” in the bar.
Among the benefits of landmark status, 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.