Coit Tower

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Coit Memorial Tower
Coit Tower with statue of Columbus in foreground
Location: 1 Telegraph Hill Blvd
San Francisco, California
NRHP Reference#: 07001468
Added to NRHP: January 29, 2008
Coit Tower in 2008, looking WSW

Coit Tower is a 210-foot (64 m) tower in the Telegraph Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, California. The tower, in the city's Pioneer Park, was built in 1933. Lillie Hitchcock Coit left one-third of her estate to the city "to be expended in an appropriate manner for the purpose of adding to the beauty of the city which I have always loved".[1]

The art deco tower is made of unpainted reinforced concrete. Architects Arthur Brown, Jr. and Henry Howard designed it. The tower has fresco murals by 27 different on-site artists and their assistants, plus two additional paintings installed after creation off-site.[source?]

The tower was not designed to resemble a fire hose nozzle,[2] despite Coit's affinity with the San Francisco firefighters of the day, in particular with Knickerbocker Engine Company Number 5.

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The murals[change | change source]


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  1. Pryor, Alton (2003). Fascinating Women in California History. Stagecoach Pub.. pp. 86. ISBN 0966005392.
  2. Crowe, Michael F. and Robert W. Bowen (2007). Images of America: San Francisco Art Deco. Arcadia Publishing. pp. 72. ISBN 978-0-7385-4734-3.

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Coordinates: 37°48′09″N 122°24′21″W / 37.8024°N 122.4058°W / 37.8024; -122.4058