Sunday, June 8, 2014

coit tower and its historic murals restored

On my need to do list was a visit to the newly renovated Coit Tower which re-opened on May 14th after being closed for 6 months.  Memorial Day was the perfect day to make the 200+ step climb up the hill to the top of Filbert Street where you meet up with the elegant Coit Tower Stairs, engraved with patrons names. Some of the repairs included peeling lead based paint, a new roof and of course restoration of the 27 murals--some controversial--created by 25 of California's leading artists of the 1930's (most from the California School of Fine Arts) that reflect life in California during the Depression era:  Landscapes, farm workers, industries and vibrant city life.  In addition to this rich art, most of the deco fixtures have been preserved as well.  For $7 ride the elevator to the top to experience the amazing views.  For more information on this amazing landmark read Coit Tower San Francisco:  Its History and Art by Masha Zakheim, daughter of one of the Tower's artists, Bernard Zakheim.