Celebrating the spirit of art deco in the City Of Bay is a 200 foot tower that stands proud in the city’s renowned Pioneer Park. Nestled close to the Telegraph hill, the tower has been named after Lillie Hitchcock Coit who bequested it to the San Franciscans way back in the early 1930’s.
The tower has inked its name in the history of the city as one of the most visited places by people from all across the nation. Historically, its origin and creation makes for a very interesting story! As mentioned above, this tower is Lillie’s gift to a city she loved the most. The tower, which is somewhat similar in shape with a fireman’s water hose nozzle, bears testimony to the Miss Coit’s fondness for the fire department of San Francisco. The lady at various times during her childhood had pitched in with the firefighters to help save many a building. She shared a very special bond with Knickerbocker Engine Co. No. 5 and also became their mascot. She also rode the street parades on her favorite engine and eventually became an honorary firefighter.
The Coit tower took close to five years to construct and was the creative effort of reputed architects Arthur Brown, Jr. and Henry Howard. Amidst lush green trees stands this amazing structure of concrete which boasts of murals crafted by 26 artists from California School of Fine Arts. Few of the murals here at the tower represent the awe striking beauty and splendor of the SF bay. Besides this, the artwork includes classics of the likes of ‘library’, ‘city life’, ‘Labor March’, ‘Industries of California’ lovingly painted by artists like Victor Arnautoff, Mallette Harold Dean, Frede Vidar , Maxine Albro, George Harris, Rinaldo Cuneo, Clifford Wight, Edith Hamlin, Robert B. Howard, Otis Oldfield, Ray Bertrand, Suzanne Scheuer and Hebe Daum. Most of the murals here are done in fresco style which refers to applying paint on plaster either on walls or ceilings. Few others are done in ‘oil on canvas’ and one of the murals has been done in egg tempera format! Needless to say the murals add up to the exquisiteness element in this stupendous tower. They are just so colorful and will definitely dazzle anyone and everyone.
The view presented by Coit tower has to be seen to be believed. The entire city can be glanced at, looking its tantalizing best, especially sights like the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Golden Gate Bridge, and the Bay Bridge. The sights are unparalleled! The entire city is at your feet and you can have great fun spotting the various landmarks of San Francisco. Once atop the Coit, you can also look at Russian Hill, Alcatraz, Angel Island, Treasure Island, Lombard Street, the Financial District, Pier 39 and Nob Hill.
The Coit Tower is one of the most renowned landmarks of San Francisco and is as such a wonderful place to visit. Many a films have been shot here or have the famous Coit tower at the backdrop…no wonder it is such a visited sight!
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