The Stonewall Inn

Where Pride began



Documenting the Stonewall Inn (2019-03-06) by CyArkCyArk

Expedition Overview

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, CyArk documented the Stonewall Inn National Monument Site in March, 2019. The project, the first of its kind to detail an LGBTQ historic site, employed 3D mapping technology including LiDAR laser scanners and photogrammetry to create a sub-centimeter, detailed record of the site as it exists today. CyArk's three-person mapping team captured exteriors of the park, the exterior of nearby buildings on Christopher street, and the exterior and interior of the Stonewall Inn bar. This record will aid in the preservation of the national monument and make this important part of history accessible to visitors across the globe, for generations to come. This project was made possible through the generous support of Iron Mountain. 

Interior of Stonewall Inn (2019-03-06) by CyArkCyArk

Introducing the Stonewall Inn

The Stonewall Inn, in Greenwich Village, was the site of a police raid in the early hours of June 28th, 1969. This was not an unusual occurrence, as the LGBTQ community faced intense discrimination from law enforcement at this time. But instead of dispersing, the angry crowd fought back and the resistance and uprising was a key turning point in the LGBTQ rights movement. In June 2016, President Obama designated the Stonewall National Monument, America’s first LGBTQ national park site.

3D Animation of the Stonewall National Monument (2019-05-16) by CyArkCyArk

Explore 3D models of CyArk's documentation of the Stonewall National Monument on Google Poly

3D model of Stonewall National Monument.

3D model of Stonewall Inn interior.

3D model of Gay Liberation Monument.

3D Animation Gay Liberation Monument (2019-05-16) by CyArkCyArk

Gay Liberation Monument

Commissioned in 1979, on the 10th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the work was the first piece of public art dedicated to LGBT rights. Cast by American artist George Segal, the installation features four figures, two men and two women in relaxed poses. Although intended for New York city, officials deemed the work too controversial and it was first installed in Madison, Wisconsin. The monument was finally moved to New York in 1992 and along with the two benches and nearby plaque were dedicated part of the Stonewall National Monument on June 23, 1992

Stonewall National Monument (2019-05-16) by CyArkCyArk

Open Heritage 3D by CyArkCyArk

Data from this project is now freely available through Open Heritage 3D.

Download the data from this project.

About Open Heritage 3D

The mission of the Open Heritage 3D project is to:

● Provide open access to 3D cultural heritage datasets for education, research and other
non-commercial uses.

● Minimize the technical, financial and legal barriers for publishers of 3D heritage data.

● Promote discovery and re-use of datasets through standardized metadata and data formats.

● Foster community collaboration and knowledge sharing in the 3D cultural heritage community.

● Share best practices and methodologies for the capture, processing and storage of 3D cultural heritage data

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This project was made possible with the following partners:

Iron Mountain

NYC LGBT Historic Sites

National Park Service

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