Coit Tower, San Francisco, Its History and Art - San Francisco, CA
Posted by: Metro2
N 37° 48.148 W 122° 24.347
10S E 552310 N 4184064
Quick Description: This 210 foot tower was built in 1933 as a homage to firefighters.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 5/10/2012 1:52:23 PM
Waymark Code: WMED99
Wikipedia (visit link
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"Coit Tower, also known as the Lillian Coit Memorial 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 using Lillie Hitchcock Coit's bequest to beautify the city of San Francisco; at her death in 1929 Coit left one-third of her estate to the city for civic beautification. The tower was proposed in 1931 as an appropriate use of Coit's gift.
The art deco tower, built of unpainted reinforced concrete, was designed by architects Arthur Brown, Jr. and Henry Howard, with fresco murals by 27 different on-site artists and their numerous assistants, plus two additional paintings installed after creation off-site. Although an apocryphal story claims that the tower was designed to resemble a fire hose nozzle due Coit's affinity with the San Francisco firefighters of the day, the resemblance is coincidental...
The tower, which stands atop Telegraph Hill in San Francisco's Pioneer Park, offers fantastic views of San Francisco including the Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park ("Aquatic Park"), Alcatraz, Pier 39, Angel Island, Treasure Island, the Bay Bridge, Russian Hill, the Financial District, Lombard Street, and Nob Hill."
The 136 page book, "Coit Tower, San Francisco, Its History and Art" was written by Masha Zakheim Jewett and published in 1983.