San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Coit Memorial Tower
This marker is composed of three panels; a center panel, a left panel and a right 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.
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
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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Parks & Recreational Areas • Women.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Telegraph Hill Boulevard, San Francisco CA 94133, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. 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. ¼ mile away); Juana Briones y Tapia de Miranda (approx. ¼ mile away); Francisco Street (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map 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 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 Brentwood, California.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 5, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 454 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on November 5, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.