On one of our days in San Francisco I wanted to take the elevator to the top of Coit Tower for the 360 degree view of the city. We had experienced heavy fog every day and I was afraid the view would be blocked. The place was packed with people and a little difficult to take any decent photos, but I gave it a try.
The tower is 210 feet tall and was built in 1933 with money left to the city by Lillie Hitchcock Coit. The architecture is Art Deco and on the main floor 27 fresco murals coat the walls. Two more murals were added later. The murals were part of the WPA project. The frescos depict ‘socialist realism’. Because it was so crowded I was not able to get photos of the murals.
Lillie Coit was a colorful character. She helped the all-volunteer fire department put out fires all over the city. She smoked cigars and she wore trousers before it was acceptable. This was, after all, the late 1800’s and early 20th century.
We walked up to Telegraph Hill because the parking lot is very small. Actually we walked everywhere in the city. It’s only about 7 miles long so is easily traversed if you don’t mind climbing a lot of hills. We don’t and so we did.
I walked around the circular walkway at the top taking photos when I could:
(all photos were taken with my Canon AE-1, 35mm film, T-Max 400 and scanned on an Epson V700)