The Coit Tower is officially referred to as the Lillian Coit Memorial Tower. The tower was constructed and named after Lillie Hitchcock Coit who was a patron of the firefighters of the city. The wealthy eccentric Coit died in 1929.
The tower is 210 foot tall. Opened on the 8th of October, 1933, the Coit Tower has an area of 74,050 ft². The tower was registered on the 29th of January, 2008 in the National Register of Historic Places.
Designed by famous Architects Henry Howard and Arthur Brown Jr., the tower was built with unpainted reinforced concrete. It was designed with fresco murals by 26 different artists and their numerous assistants. Additional paintings were also installed on the tower after they were produced off-site.
The tower has been an emblem of the skyline of San Francisco and a welcoming beacon to visitors and residents. The Tower’s observation desk at the apex allows people to have 360-degree views of the entire city of San Francisco and its bay, including the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge.
The Coit Tower’s apex can only be reached via an elevator. Walking around the tower to enjoy the scenery is free, but using the elevator attracts admission charges. The elevator is free for children that are four years old and younger. The tower is not wheelchair accessible — despite the fact that it has an elevator — because there are a few steps at the base and another short staircase between the observation level and the elevator landing.
The interior paintings and murals of the Coit Tower depict the Californian life during the period of depression. The Coit Tower is opened to visitors all through the year with the exemption of the New Year’s day, Christmas day, and Thanksgiving Day. Coit Tower is opened daily from 10 AM to 6 PM between May and October and from 10 AM to 5 PM between November and April.
There are guided tours for visitors at the Tower. The guided tour covers the entire tower and the murals, and it can last for approximately 35 minutes. Tours of the tower are limited to eight people per tour group. The guided tour enables people to learn about the tower, its inception, the public work of art project, and the 26 artists that produced the paintings. Coit Tower is basically all about the awesome views and does not require any reservations. The views from the tower are best near sunset.
Visitors can get to the Coit Tower in San Francisco by catching a #39 Coit MUNI bus from Pier 39 or around the Fisherman’s Wharf.