Help Make the SF Eagle Bar a Landmark

The local queer and kinky community has been working over the past year to help protect the San Francisco Eagle Bar by having it designated an historic landmark.

We are now at the penultimate step:  on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at 12:30pm, the Historic Preservation Commission will hold a public hearing on the proposal; if they say yes, it goes back to the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor for a final ok.

You can stream the hearing at, and call in with comments at (415) 655-0001 .(An Access Code will be announced).

You can also submit comments by email in advance.  Send them to Alex Westhoff, referencing Case No. 2021-001853DES.

Here is the specific language the Commission will be asked to approve, which you can also find at

2021-001853DES:  396-398 12th Street– Assessor’s Parcel Block No. 3522, Lot 014 (District 6). Consideration to Recommend to the Board of Supervisors (BOS) designation of the San Francisco Eagle Bar (the Eagle) as an individual Article 10 Landmark pursuant to Section 1004.2 of the Planning Code. The Eagle was initiated for landmark designation by the BOS on February 2, 2021 (See BoS File No. 201400). The subject property is culturally and historically significant for its association with San Francisco’s South of Market (SoMa) Leather and LGBTQ communities. Since 1981 the venue has served as a cornerstone for SoMa’s Leather scene, home to a huge array of events including charitable fundraisers, leather contests, live music and comedy performances, political organizing, community activism, art exhibits, and more. Since the early days of the AIDS epidemic the Eagle’s fundraising efforts have collectively raised millions of dollars for AIDS-related charities, as well as other causes. The subject property is in a WMUG (Western Mixed Use) Zoning District, and a 55-X Height and Bulk District. For further information, call Alex Westhoff at (628) – 652-7314 or email and ask about Case No. 2021-001853DES.

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