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posted: 5/15/2014 1:01 AM

Coit Tower reopens in S.F.

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  • San Francisco's landmark Coit Tower is named for Lillie Hitchcock Coit, a wealthy patron of the city's firefighters who bequeathed a substantial amount of money to beautify the city.

      San Francisco's landmark Coit Tower is named for Lillie Hitchcock Coit, a wealthy patron of the city's firefighters who bequeathed a substantial amount of money to beautify the city.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

San Francisco's landmark Coit Tower reopened to the public Wednesday after a six-month, $1.7 million upgrade that included the restoration of its famed murals. Scores of people attended a celebration marking the Depression-era tower's reopening. Much of the repair work consisted of weatherproofing the building. In addition to the repairs, the tower will now offer docent tours, so people can learn about the murals and the time period they reflect. A mural on the second floor will also be open to the public for the first time. Completed in 1933, Coit Tower has become a defining feature of the city's skyline. Its observation deck provides a 360-degree view of the city and bay, including the Golden Gate and San Francisco-Oakland Bay bridges.

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