Coit Tower


Visible from all parts of San Francisco and the Bay Area, the Coit Tower stands atop Telegraph Hill in Pioneer Park and offers an excellent view of the surroundings. The tower was built by the Federal Works Projects Administration in 1933 with money bequeathed by eccentric San Franciscan and wealthy socialite Lillie Coit.

The 210 feet tall Art Deco tower was designed by architects Arthur Brown, Jr. and Henry Howard, and is built of unpainted reinforced concrete. Although local legend has it that the fluted cylindrical building was designed to evoke the end of a fire-hose as Coit was recognized as an honorary firefighter, it has been confirmed to be a coincidence. The building has an observation deck at the top below an arcade which offers incredible views of the city and bay. The first and second floors house beautiful examples of New Deal-era idealist murals by 26 artists, and the top floor has featured paintings or other art. Artists put in their own signatures and messages in the murals, which interpretive plaques point out.

About Coit Tower

 1 Telegraph Hill Boulevard, San Francisco, CA, United States

 Nearest Transit: Embarcadero

 +1 415-362-0808

Coit Tower and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile
Union Square San Francisco

Union Square San Francisco(1.6 km)
Union Square is a commercial and cultural hub in downtown San Francisco, named after the pro-Union rallies held here during the Civil War.

Alcazar Theater

Alcazar Theater(1.9 km)
Built in 1911 in honor of the Shriners (Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine); this Byzantine-style Islamic temple (now a 500 seat theater showing Broadway and off-Broadway shows), is now a historical city landmark.

San Francisco City Hall

San Francisco City Hall(2.8 km)
Designed by Arthur Brown Jr.

San Francisco Symphony

San Francisco Symphony(3 km)
San Francisco has an excellent symphony orchestra, with Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) as the principal conductor.

United Nations Plaza

United Nations Plaza(2.6 km)
The UN Charter was signed in the Civic Center in 1945, and this plaza was constructed in honor of its ideology and is ironically over the site of the original San Francisco City Cemetery.

Herbst Theater

Herbst Theater(2.9 km)
Herbst Theater, next to the Opera house in the similarly-styled War Memorial Veteran's building is host to a wide variety of activities.

San Francisco Ballet

San Francisco Ballet(3 km)
The repertory season begins in January and continues through May.

San Francisco Opera

San Francisco Opera(3 km)
There are Fall, Spring, and Summer seasons.

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