Coit Tower on KALW and in Architect’s Newspaper

KALW’s City Visions host Joseph Pace interviews the Coit Memorial Tower restoration project team in this one-hour segment. Listen to the broadcast here.


The restoration of Coit Memorial Tower was recently featured in the Architect’s Newspaper. You can read the article here.



“How do you preserve artwork in an area that was not intended to contain artwork?” said David Wessel, principal at Architectural Resources Group. “The biggest challenge was determining where water was getting into the building.” The firm used infrared technology and water testing to trace the leak. ARG thought a source of the leaks was the 100-year-old water tanks—originally installed to service plumbing—sitting in the middle of the tower. They hired a diver to explore them, learning that they were in fact safe and still functioning. It was only the roof that was leaking, with water moving from the top of the building downward through concrete rock pockets.

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