In August 2018, the National Park Service officially designated Coit Tower as a "nationally significant" historic place on the National Register of Historic Places because of the groundbreaking Coit Tower mural project.  Now, Protect Coit Tower and a coalition of artists and relatives of the Coit Tower muralists, civic associations, and historic preservation advocates is working to elevate Coit Tower to the highest status of a "National Historic Landmark." 

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An excerpt from the new designation of Coit Tower and its murals as a "nationally significant" place is below - download the full document by clicking here.

Coit Memorial Tower San Francisco, California

Statement of Significance Summary Paragraph

This nomination amends the 2008 National Register nomination in order to document Coit Memorial Tower at the national level of significance. Coit Memorial Tower is eligible for the National Register under Criterion C in the area of Art. Coit Tower, as it is more popularly known—a commemorative monument and observation tower constructed in 1933—rises to the national level of significance because it is intrinsically associated with the extraordinary permanent exhibition of federally funded art created through the Public Works of Art Project (PWAP). The Coit Tower mural project was the single largest PWAP venture in the country and the most ambitious test of whether federally funded arts programs could work. Its success served as a model for an array of New Deal arts programs that followed. The Coit Tower murals possess exceptional value in interpreting the themes of the Great Depression and New Deal idealism and in showcasing the work of twenty-five of the region’s finest artists, including four women. This extensive fresco undertaking, titled Aspects of Life in California, 1934, is an unusual example of a large group of muralists working in unison. The murals’ content and expression were directly influenced by Diego Rivera. They comprised the most extensive use of fresco technique up to that time, which until then had been rare. Because Coit Tower is the location of this exceptional New Deal financed art project, the property is eligible at the national level of significance. The period of significance, 1933 to 1934, encompasses construction of the tower, completion of the frescoed murals, and public inauguration of the building. Originally designed and intended as a commemorative civic monument, Coit Tower was named in honor of a historical figure, Lillie Hitchcock Coit, whose wealth financed its construction. As a property exceptionally significant apart from the value of the person memorialized by the monument, Coit Memorial Tower satisfies Criteria Consideration F: Commemorative Properties.



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