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Location[]

Coit tower was built in 1933 and is located in Pioneer Park, in the Telegraph Hill neighborhood of San Francisco. The 210-foot tall tower, was designed by architects Arthur Brown, Jr. and Henry Howard, and took five years to construct. Views from the top include 360 degrees, including views of downtown, the waterfront, east bay and marin county. The tower was fun by the estate of Lillie Hitchcock Coit, a wealthy eccentric and patron of the city's firefighters. Coit died in 1929, leaving a substantial bequest "for the purpose of adding to the beauty of the city I have always loved."

Coit tower is located on top of Telegraph Hill

Downtown view from Coit Tower


Building[]

The tower is 210-feet tall, and was built in the art deco style. Inside, a series of murals were painted in 1934 by a group of artists employed by the Public Works of Art Project, a precursor to the Works Progress Administration (WPA), and depict life in California during the Depression.

View looking skyward


Visiting[]

  • Summer hours (3/1 through 9/30): Daily, 10 am-5:30 pm
  • Winter hours (10/1 through 2/28): Daily, 9 am-4:30 pm
  • Holiday closures: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve

Admission[]

Age Category Residents Non-Residents
Adult $5 $7
Senior (65+) $3 $5
Youth (12-17) $3 $5
Child (5-11) $1.50 $2
Child (4 & under) Free Free

Transportation[]

Parking[]

The parking lot at the top of the hill is only accessible by one road, Telegraph Hill Boulevard via Lombard Street. Because Coit Tower is such a popular tourist attraction, at peak times, the street can be backed up and the wait for parking to open up can be long.

Buses[]

It is a short bus ride to Coit Tower from the Fisherman's Wharf area or from Washington Square in North Beach on the #39 bus which leaves every 20 minutes.

Walking[]

A system of wooden and concrete stairs and footpaths, called the Filbert Steps, lead to the top of the hill from various directions, making a steep but direct climb possible.

parking outside coit tower

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