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William Way LGBT Community Center rolled architectural drawings and design plans

 Collection
Identifier: Ms-Coll-45
The collection includes both architectural plans as well as exhibition designs. Architectural plans are for three of the buildings that have housed the William Way LGBT Community Center (1315 Spruce Street) and its predecessor organizations, the Gay Community Center of Philadelphia (326 Kater Street) and Penguin Place (201 South Camac Street). Plans include those concurrent to the Center's occupation of the sites as well as earlier historical ones. The exhibition designs include conceptual and final plans for the William Way produced exhibition, "Speaking Out for Equality: The Constitution, Gay Rights, and the Supreme Court," which was held at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 5, 2015-January 3, 2016.

Dates

  • 1950 - 2015

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may exist. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the John J. Wilcox, Jr. LGBT Archives of the William Way LGBT Community Center.

Extent

30 Cubic Feet (12 blueprint boxes)

Overview

The William Way LGBT Community Center rolled architectural drawings and design plans collection includes architectural plans for three of the buildings that have housed the William Way LGBT Community Center and its predecessor organizations, 1976-present. Plans include those concurrent to the Center's occupation of the sites as well as earlier historical ones. Also included in the collection are exhibition designs and plans.

Biographical / Historical

The Gay Community Center of Philadelphia (GCCP) and its sucessor organizations have occupied a number of buildings in Philadelphia since it first opened its doors in 1976. The first building to house the Center was located at 326 Kater Street, in the Queen Village neighborhood of Philadelphia, and operated from 1976 to 1981. Next the Center moved to 222 South Camac Street in the heart of what was then known as the 'gay ghetto' and operated there from 1982-1983. During this time the Center changed its name to the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Philadelphia. From 1984-1988, the Center operated without a physical location and was called the "Center Without Walls," and later "Penguine Place." From 1988-1990, Penguin Place operated at 211 South Quince Street and from 1990-1997 it operated at 201 South Camac Street. In 1998, it moved to its present home at 1315 Spruce Street and was renamed the William Way LGBT Community Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred, William Way LGBT Community Center, various dates.

Related Materials

At John J. Wilcox, Jr. Archives, William Way LGBT Community Center:

William Way Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center records, 1972-2012, Ms. Coll. 21

The Gay Community Center of Philadelphia records series, in the Tommi Avicolli Mecca collection, 1967-1992, Ms. Coll. 25
Title
William Way LGBT Community Center rolled architectural drawings and design plans, 1950-2015
Status
completed
Author
John Anderies
Date
January 24, 2017
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the John J. Wilcox, Jr. LGBT Archives, William Way LGBT Community Center Repository

Contact:
1315 Spruce Street
Philadelphia PA 19107
215-732-2220