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Coit Memorial Tower

Pioneer Park

 
 
Coit Memorial Tower Marker, center panel image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 11, 2013
1. Coit Memorial Tower Marker, center panel
Inscription. This marker is composed of three panels; a center panel, a left panel and a right panel.

(Center Panel:)

San Francisco’s legendary Lillie Hitchcock Coit died in 1929, bequeathing one-third of her estate “for the purchase of adding beauty to the city I have always loved.” A committee comprised of Herbert Fleishhacker, John McClaren, William H. Crocker, James McSheehy, and C.E. Crunsky recommended that Arthur Brown Jr. be retained to develop plans for a memorial on Telegraph Hill. Coit Tower was built during the Great Depression and dedicated in 1933. The tower’s famous murals were completed the following year.

(Left Panel:)
In 1876, a group of San Francisco citizens purchased four lots at the crest of Telegraph Hill and gave the land to the city as a public park in memory of California’s pioneers. We are the beneficiaries of their foresight and generosity: James R. Bolton, Alexander Boyd, John William Brown, William Burling, William S. Chapman, William T. Coleman, James Z. Davis, Edward E. Eyre, John Gashwiler, Mathais Gray, George Hearst, Milton S. Latham, James M. McDonald, Marion Jasper McDonald, Mark L. McDonald, Darius Ogden Mills, Henry M. Newhall, David Porter, Francis S. Redfield, Christian Reis, Henry Robinson, John Skae, and Louis Sloss. In the late 1800’s and the early
Coit Memorial Tower Marker, left panel image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 11, 2013
2. Coit Memorial Tower Marker, left panel
1900’s. the California Club, the North Beach Improvement Club, the California Outdoor Art League, and other volunteers worked to protect and improve Pioneer Park.

(Right Panel):
In 1995, citizens organized once again to protect and improve Pioneer Park. Over 700 volunteers and donors contributed to the addition of the new stairs, paths, and terraces which were completed in 2001 by the City and County of San Francisco. Major donors included Coit Services, Inc., Jack Early, Janice and Maurice Holloway, Bruce and Carol Mitchell, the Bothin Foundation, the Mary A. Crocker Trust Bank, Bank of America, Maggie Baylis, the Richard & Rhoda Goldman Fund, the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, Maud Hallin, Anne Halsted & Wells Whitney, David Davies & Jack Welden, San Francisco Beautiful, the Wells Fargo Foundation, Janet Crane & Rod Freebairn-Smith, the Evelyn & Walter Hass, Jr. Fund, and the Koret Foundation. We extend our affections and gratitude to those who will in the coming years, cherish and nurture this place.
 
Location. 37° 48.159′ N, 122° 24.354′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker can be reached from Telegraph Hill Boulevard, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Telegraph Hill Boulevard, San Francisco CA 94133, United States of America.
 
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Coit Memorial Tower Marker, right panel image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 11, 2013
3. Coit Memorial Tower Marker, right panel
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Coit Tower (a few steps from this marker); Telegraph Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Original Site of Third Baptist Church (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Telegraph Hill Historic District (about 800 feet away); Belt Line Railroad (approx. 0.2 miles away); Farnsworth's Green Street Lab (approx. 0.2 miles away); Juana Briones y Tapia de Miranda (approx. 0.2 miles away); Francisco Street (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in San Francisco.
 
Also see . . .  Coit Tower - Wikipedia. The art deco tower, built of unpainted reinforced concrete, was designed by architects Arthur Brown, Jr. and Henry Howard, with fresco murals by 27 different on-site artists and their numerous assistants, plus two additional paintings installed after creation off-site. Although an apocryphal story claims that the tower was designed to resemble a fire hose nozzle[3] due to Coit's affinity with the San Francisco firefighters of the day, the resemblance is coincidental. (Submitted on November 5, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Coit Memorial Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 11, 2013
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Coit Memorial Tower image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 11, 2013
5. Coit Memorial Tower
Statue of Christopher Columbus in the foreground.
Coit Memorial Tower image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 16, 2013
6. Coit Memorial Tower
Coit Memorial Tower image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 16, 2013
7. Coit Memorial Tower
WPA Murals Located Inside the Base of Coit Tower image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 16, 2013
8. WPA Murals Located Inside the Base of Coit Tower
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 327 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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