coit tower


I took a solo adventure tonight and treated myself to this view just after sunset. The city seemed so tranquil from up here.

San Francisco, CA. August 2015. (Instagram)

Coit Tower, San Francisco, California
Vintage Postcard - For Sale* on Etsy by postcardsofthepast

Cool illustrated aerial view of Coit Tower, which stands on that hill to this day.

Basic tower background from Wikipedia:

Coit Tower, also known as the Lillian Coit Memorial Tower, is a 210-foot (64 m) tower in the Telegraph Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, California. The tower, in the city’s Pioneer Park, was built in 1933 using Lillie Hitchcock Coit’s bequest to beautify the city of San Francisco; at her death in 1929 Coit left one-third of her estate to the city for civic beautification. The tower was proposed in 1931 as an appropriate use of Coit’s gift. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 29, 2008.

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.

* As of posting (11/8/2015) for sale at $2.50.