Coit Tower is such a famous part of the San Francisco city skyline it’s hard to imagine it not being there atop Telegraph Hill. Yet as much as I love seeing the tower and climbing to the top for the amazing views of the city, it’s the murals in the lobby that I most wanted to contemplate on my recent visit. Ever since I caught this episode of California’s Gold and heard the fascinating story behind the creation of the murals, I knew I had to go back for a closer look.
Coit Tower was built on top of Telegraph Hill in 1933 at the bequest of Lillie Hitchcock Coit to beautify the City of San Francisco; Lillie bequeathed one-third of her estate to the City of San Francisco “to be expended in an appropriate manner for the purpose of adding to the beauty of the city which I have always loved”.
Huell spends the day exploring all aspects of this San Francisco landmark, including the beautiful murals that adorn the lobby with the descendants of one of the original artists.