SF Eagle expected to become first ‘Leather’ bar declared city landmark

Lex Montiel, proprietor of the SF Eagle, talks with San Francisco Chronicle reporter, Sam Whiting, about the bar’s upcoming review by the city’s Supervisors for landmark status, a first for 'Leather' bars.
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What's Happening @ The SF Eagle

On May 19th, 2021, the San Francisco Historic Preservation Commission adopted a resolution to nominate the SF Eagle as a cultural Landmark, which would make the SF Eagle Bar the first LGBTQ+ Bar in SoMa and perhaps the first Leather Bar in the world to be recognized in this way.  Now the matter is forwarded to the San Francisco Board of Supervisor’s for ratification and approval.

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 (Select ⏯ on the video above to watch the Historic Preservation Commission report, public endorsements, and the commission’s 7-0 vote on the recommendation.)



May 19, 2021 - SF HPC Presentation

 (The following presentation was developed by Alex Westhoff, AICP, Senior Preservation Planner, SF Historic Preservation Commission.)

February 2, 2021 - SF City Supervisors’ . Request to HPC

February 2, 2021 – The SF Board of Supervisors has initiated the process to recognize the SF Eagle as a cultural landmark.  On Febuary 2, 2021, District 6 Supervisor, Matt Haney, championed a resolution to initiate landmark status for the venue, citing the remarkable role the SF Eagle has played as a rallying point for the local LGBTQ+ and leather communities over nearly 40 years of operation.  The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 11-0 to approve the measure, with District 4 Supervisor Gordon Mar, District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin and District 11 Supervisor Ahsha Safai joining as co-sponsors in support.

The city needs to do more to acknowledge the critical role that places like the Eagle continue to play in making San Francisco such a special place, and I am proud to put forward one of SOMA’s most beloved Legacy Businesses and gay bars for this important distinction,”

Matt Haney, SF District 6 Supervisor
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