Coit Tower

Coordinates: 37°48′09″N 122°24′21″W / 37.80250°N 122.40583°W / 37.80250; -122.40583
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Coit Memorial Tower
Coit Tower with statue of Columbus in foreground
Coit Tower is located in San Francisco County
Coit Tower
Coit Tower
Coit Tower is located in California
Coit Tower
Coit Tower
Coit Tower is located in the United States
Coit Tower
Coit Tower
Location1 Telegraph Hill Blvd., San Francisco, California
Coordinates37°48′09″N 122°24′21″W / 37.80250°N 122.40583°W / 37.80250; -122.40583
Area1.7 acres (0.69 ha)
ArchitectBrown, Arthur Jr.
Architectural styleArt Deco
NRHP reference No.07001468[1]
SFDL No.165
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJanuary 29, 2008
Designated SFDL1984[2]
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".[3]

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.[4]

The tower was not designed to resemble a fire hose nozzle,[5] 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. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
  2. "City of San Francisco Designated Landmarks". City of San Francisco. Retrieved 2012-10-21.
  3. Pryor, Alton (2003). Fascinating Women in California History. Stagecoach Pub. pp. 86. ISBN 0966005392.
  4. "Coit Tower Murals - San Francisco, CA - Murals on". Retrieved 2020-08-12.
  5. 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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