Views from Coit Tower, San Francisco

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.

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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.

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steps to the tower

steps to the tower

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.

use this if you don't want to take the elevator to the top

use this if you don’t want to take the elevator to the top

at the top

at the top

I walked around the circular walkway at the top taking photos when I could:

looking toward the Bay bridge

looking toward the Bay bridge

Toward the Bay Bridge and Treasure Island

Toward the Bay Bridge and Treasure Island

Looking toward the Golden Gate

Looking toward the Golden Gate

the crowded city roof tops

the crowded city roof tops

Transamerica building

TransAmerica building

the old ferry terminals and Bay Bridge

the old ferry terminals and Bay Bridge

(all photos were taken with my Canon AE-1, 35mm film, T-Max 400 and scanned on an Epson V700)

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About gretchen

I love living in the Pacific Northwest being close to the mountains and the ocean. My hobbies include photography, travel, reading, biking, walking and gardening. I am an Anglophile at heart and try to visit the UK often. My camera goes everywhere with me.
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