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Coit Tower - San Francisco, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
N 37° 48.115 W 122° 24.347
10S E 552311 N 4184004
Quick Description: A San Francisco landmarks that overlooks the city and the Bay.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 2/4/2009 3:18:01 PM
Waymark Code: WM5QZJ
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
Views: 51

Long Description:
"Coit Tower was built atop Telegraph Hill in 1933 at the bequest of Lillie Hitchcock Coit to beautify the City of San Francisco. Lillie bequeathed one-third of her estate to the City of San Francisco "to be expended in an appropriate manner for the purpose of adding to the beauty of the city which I have always loved".

Contrary to popular opinion, the tower was not designed to resemble a fire hose nozzle. This belief persists in part because of Lillie Hitchcock Coit's affinity with the San Francisco fire fighters of the day, in particular with Knickerbocker Engine Company Number 5. Although the architects claimed to have no design precedent in mind,[citation needed] during this time Europe saw the construction of aesthetically designed power stations that could be claimed as prototypes (e.g.: Battersea Power Station).

The art deco tower, 210 feet (64 m) of unpainted reinforced concrete, was designed by architects Arthur Brown, Jr. and Henry Howard with murals by 26 different artists and numerous assistants." (visit link)
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