Built with funds from the estate of Lilli Hitchcock Coit, an avid supporter of San Francisco’s fire department. The Tower is now on the National Registry of Historic Places.
An Architectural Landmark
Ms. Coit’s bequeath was intended to enhance the beautification of the city of San Francisco.The concrete tower is in the Art Deco style, with an observation deck. It sits atop Telegraph Hill, the tony neighborhood known for its escaped wild parrots. The parrots can often be seen near the tower.
Inside Coit Tower, the first-floor level displays murals by 27 artists. The artists worked under the auspices of the Public Works Arts Project, part of a government program during the Great Depression. The art is inspired by both the style and politics of Diego Rivera and depict the struggle of American workers at the time.