{sf} coit tower

January 4, 2016

Coit Tower sits on Telegraph hill and even though it’s the tallest building in the San Francisco sky line, it’s pretty famous anyway. This 210-foot monument was dedicated in 1933 and has been an icon for the City since its completion. The tower is named for Lillie Hitchcock Coit, a wealthy eccentric and patron of the city’s firefighters. When Coit died in 1929, she left behind a substantial amount of money specifically for the purpose of adding beauty to the City she loved. That money was used to both build the tower and a monument to celebrate firefighters located in nearby Washington Square.

Coit Tower has an observation desk that’s accessible by elevator, but considering the ticket price, I decided against the trip up. Instead, I took time to walk around Telegraph Hill and inside the tower, which is filled with beautiful murals depicting life in San Francisco during the Depression. The murals inside the tower’s base were painted in 1934 by a group of artists employed by the Public Works of Art Project. Quite beautiful!

A towering SF photo adventure:

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2 Responses to “{sf} coit tower”

  1. annalice said

    ooo i have heard of this place! do you think you will revisit and take the elevator up?

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