Situated at the top of Telegraph Hill, one of San Francisco’s most iconic landmarks is re-opening amid a series of colorful restorations.
Coit Tower was chosen as the venue for the first Depression-era Public Works Art Project endeavor in California. In 1934 a cadre of artists painted murals, mostly frescoes, on the gallery walls, second floor hallway, and lower stairway. Today, over 150,000 visitors flock to this San Francisco landmark each year to view the Coit Tower murals and ride the elevator to the observation deck.
Architectural Resources Group and ARG Conservation Services were thrilled to be a part of the team that led the rehabilitation efforts of this iconic structure. One of the most exciting and memorable refurbishments has been to the murals; a team of art restoration experts has diligently performed touchup work. Weatherproofing the building was a main concern to prevent the murals from being exposed to further moisture and mineral damage. Other improvements include roof and ceiling repairs, outside lighting upgrades, and disabled access renovations.
Several news outlets covered the reopening ceremony.