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Federal recognition sought for four SF LGBT historic sites

Historic preservation officials are seeking federal recognition for four sites in the city that played a role in the history of San Francisco’s LGBT community.

Listing on the National Register of Historic Places is being sought for Glide Memorial United Methodist Church and the building that once housed the Japantown YWCA, the Bay Area Reporter has learned. A third site to be nominated for the register should be chosen in the coming weeks.

“We want the three to be as diverse as possible,” said Timothy Frye, the planning department’s
historic preservation officer.

The planning department in November learned it would receive a $55,000 Underrepresented Communities Grant from the Department of the Interior. The funds will be used to hire consultants to write National Register of Historic Places nominations for the three sites.

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