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Coit Tower

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Coit Tower
Photograph: Barry J. Holmes
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Time Out Says

Added to the San Francisco skyline in 1933, this monumental love letter to the city remains an iconic welcome for travelers westbound across the Bay Bridge. Named for Lillie Hitchcock Coit, a wealthy eccentric whose $118,000 bequest to the city resulted in the tower’s construction, the tapered, fluted tower stands 180 feet tall at the crest of Telegraph Hill. At the top is the tower’s observation deck with 360 degree views of San Francisco and the SF Bay. A rotunda at its base is covered in Depression-era WPA murals depicting not-so-subtle socialist images in scenes of California agriculture and industry painted by over two dozen artists, some of whom studied under famed Mexican muralist Diego Rivera.

Written by
Shoshi Parks

Details

Address:
1 Telegraph Hill Blvd
San Francisco
94133
Cross street:
at Montgomery St
Transport:
Bus 39
Price:
Observation deck $7 (residents $5), seniors and youth $5 (residents $3), children 5–11 $2 (residents $1.50).
Opening hours:
Daily 10am–5pm
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