Coit Tower is a 63 meter high tower on the 87 meter high Telegraph Hill. The tower was built in 1934, funded by the philanthropist Lillie Hitchkock. The art deco tower, made from reinforced concrete, is designed by the architects Arther Brown Jr. and Henry Howard.
The story goes like this: the wealthy Lillie Hitchcock Coit honoured the brave fire fighers of San Francisco. When she died in 1929 she left the city of San Francisco 100.000 dollar to embellish the city. The donation was ultimately used in 1934, to built the Coit Tower honouring the voluntary fire brigade. This is only partially true. An elevator takes you up to the observation deck, from where you have a spectacular view. The tower also functioned as a jewel for the city. Many locals say the shape of the tower was meant to resemble a fire hose, but this was never the architects’ intention. In the tower’s lobby you’ll find fascinating wall paintings. In 1934 25 artist created a portrait of life in California. The painting doesn’t eschew political themes, is critical, but has some funny elements at the same time. The artists and their friends are depicted, as well as some local public figures from that period.