Saturday, May 29, 2010

Coit Tower, Telegraph Hill

San FranciscoCoit Tower, on the right of this view of San Francisco, was built using money from the bequest of Lillie Hitchcock Coit who left $120,000 to the City of San Francisco on her death in 1929.

Sitting on Telegraph Hill the design for the 64m Art Deco tower came from Henry Howard of the architectural firm of Arthur Brown Jr.

The interior spaces are decorated by over two dozen muralists.

Coit Tower, San Francisco

San Francisco & 20th Century Design Tour Book,


  1. Everytime I see or read about a New Deal project, in which the federal government created as many jobs as possible for unemployed writers, artists etc, I feel grateful for their insight. Its not often in the history of humanity that politicians a] helped needy citizens and b] provided lasting art works for the nation. And good on you, Mrs Coit, as well.

  2. Helen, the two points you make are so critical. It helped so many people during the Great Depression and we can still enjoy many of the results today.
    And Lillie Hitchcock Coit can only be decribed as 'Wow, what a woman'.