August 2012 Coit Tower News

August 2012

Friends of Coit Tower:

There are several important Coit Tower events coming up over the next month -- please attend any and all that you can.


On Thursday, August 9 at 12:30 pm at the San Francisco Mechanics Institute, there will be a fabulous midday book presentation and lecture all about Coit Tower's history and art. 

Ruth Gottstein, publisher of Coit Tower San Francisco and daughter of artist Bernard Zakheim, will talk about her father’s involvement as one of the artists who created the impressive, controversial murals influenced by Diego Rivera. She presents this definitive guide to Coit Tower authored by her sister Masha with stunning color photos by Don Beatty.  Historian Gray Brechin will discuss the art, the artists, and the turbulent events during the creation of a pioneering experiment in federal arts patronage, a project that created controversy that lives on today.

Get more of the event details by clicking here:


Following the passage of Proposition B by San Francisco voters in June, the city now has in place an official city policy placing strict limits on private events and commercial activities at Coit Tower. 

The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department has decided to move forward with plans to install a new concessionaire at Coit Tower - but whether those plans comply with city policy remains to be seen.  They will be holding 3 public meetings to introduce potential new Coit Tower concessionaire Terry Grimm and allow him to describe some of his new plans for Coit Tower and hear feedback from members of the community. 

Please be sure to attend one or more of the SF Recreation and Parks Department Coit Tower concessionaire meetings on the following dates:

·         Meeting #1:  Thursday, August 16, from 6:00pm - 7:30pm at the Joe DiMaggio Playground Clubhouse in North Beach (651 Lombard)

·         Meeting #2:  Tuesday, August 21, from 2:00pm - 3:30pm at the Joe DiMaggio Playground Clubhouse in North Beach (651 Lombard)

·         Meeting #3:  Thursday, September 13, from 6:00pm - 7:30pm at the San Francisco Main Library in Latino Community Meeting Room A


Following Proposition B’s passage, the city released a final version of a detailed study evaluating the condition of the Coit Tower building, assessing the damage to its historic murals, and outlining a blueprint to fix and preserve them both.  The study found an alarming array of systemic and severe damage to both the building and the art.  The study, entitled “Coit Memorial Tower:  Conditions Assessment,” was prepared for the city by the Architectural Resources Group.  It makes more than 100 recommendations, including immediate mural repairs and a comprehensive overhaul of how the historic landmark is managed.

Download a copy of the Final Coit Tower Conditions Assessment Report by clicking here:



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