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Update: Lyon-Martin House on Track to Become a Local Landmark

The Lyon-Martin House at 651 Duncan St. in Noe Valley. Photo by Shayne Watson.

Update 5/4/21: Today, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an ordinance to designate the former home of pioneering LGBTQ and civil rights activists Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin as a local historic landmark. The Board will take a final vote on the ordinance at their May 11 meeting, after which the ordinance and landmark will be in effect in June. The site will become the city’s fourth landmark of LGBTQ+ heritage and the first associated with lesbian activism.

On Monday, April 26, the Board of Supervisors Land Use and Transportation Committee recommended city landmark designation for the Lyon-Martin House. Heritage has worked with Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, the GLBT Historical Society, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Friends of the Lyon-Martin House to champion this important location to LGBTQ history. Our great thanks to Shayne Watson for spearheading these efforts, and to everyone who has supported the effort.

Plans are in the works for site documentation, oral histories, and working with the owners on future use of the house. If you are interested in participating, contact us directly at

Some snippets from the journey:


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We also recommend reading the Bay Area Reporter’s overview, “San Francisco supervisors panel backs Lyon-Martin House landmark.”

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