Coit Tower at dusk

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September 3, 2014
Coit Tower at Dusk

Coit Tower

At the summit of Telegraph Hill is Coit Tower. This flutelike cylinder was built in 1933, the legacy of Lillie Hitchcock Coit, who left a $125,000 bequest to San Francisco "for the purpose of adding beauty to the city which I have always loved."

Coit Tower atop Telegraph Hill is blessed with marvelous views. The construction of the tower was funded by a bequest from Lillie Hitchcock Coit who left one third of her fortune to the City and County 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." Murals on its ground floor walls were painted in 1933 by some 30 local artists; each piece depicting a different aspect of the Great Depression.

General Visitor Info

A 360-degree view of the city is visible from the observation platform at the top of the tower. To gain access to the observation deck, there is a $3.00 fee to ride the elevator up.

Public transportation is strongly recommended for access to Coit Tower as traffic can be heavy in this area.

How to Get There

Public transportation is recommended for visitors who want to see Coit Tower. From the downtown area, you can take either the #30 or #45 line to Washington Square, located at the corners of Union & Columbus and transfer to the #39 Coit Tower bus.

For additional information, routes and schedules, please visit the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency or call 415.673.6864.

Surrounding Neighborhoods

North Beach
Fisherman's Wharf

Get more information on the neighborhoods here.

Did You Know?

Movies that included the Coit Tower:

Dr. Doolittle (1998)
The Enforcer (1976)

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