Coit Tower

Coit Tower and Transamerica Pyramid Tower

Coit Tower and Transamerica Pyramid Tower

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If you want to take some great panorama photos of San Francisco, go up Telegraph Hill, and take the elevator to the top of this tower which offers a great view from its observation deck.

The tower was built by Lillie Hitchcock Coit. Coit had a close relationship with San Francisco firefighters after being saved from a fire at the age of eight. One story says that the tower was built to look like a firefighter hose nozzle but that story seems to be an urban legend.

The first floor of the tower boasts a fine set of murals created as part of the PWAP (Public Works of Art Project) during Franklin Deleno Roosevelt’s New Deal primarily by artists from the California School of Fine Arts (CSFA). They are done in a style influenced by Mexican muralist Diego Rivera.

Coit Tower is open between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The parking lot at the top of Coit Tower is very small and traffic will often back up on the road up to the top as people wait for other drivers to leave.

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