News Release: Coit Tower to Close Monday for Five-Month Restoration Project

 For Immediate Release:    Friday, November 15, 2013                                                                                            

 
News Release
 
 
COIT TOWER TO CLOSE MONDAY FOR FIVE MONTHS FOR $1.7 MILLION IN NEEDED BUILDING REPAIRS AND PRESERVATION OF DAMAGED HISTORIC MURALS
 
On Monday, November 18, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department plans to close Coit Tower to the public to begin a series of badly needed major repairs and renovations of the Coit Tower exterior, interior, and a restoration of the damaged historic murals.  The anticipated schedule of the project is five months, from November 18, 2013 until April 18, 2014.  This will be the largest and most comprehensive restoration of Coit Tower in its 80 year history.
 
“We are thrilled to see this long-overdue Coit Tower preservation project get underway thanks to San Francisco voters demanding that the city stop allowing Coit Tower and its historic murals to fall into decay and start treating Coit Tower like the incredibly valuable place it really is,” said Jon Golinger, Chairman of the citizens’ group Protect Coit Tower, which sponsored the Coit Tower Preservation Policy ballot measure approved by San Francisco voters in June 2012.
 
The $1.7 million Coit Tower repair and restoration plan includes urgent repairs of cracks in the exterior walls near the top of Coit Tower, door and window replacement to reduce water leakage, lead paint abatement, upgrades to mechanical, plumbing and building systems, upgrades to exterior lighting, modification of guardrails and handrails, new accessibility and educational signage, and new barriers to protect the 27 historic New-Deal era murals and paintings inside Coit Tower.   All of the city’s work is scheduled to be carefully monitored by the San Francisco Arts Commission to ensure that the historic fresco murals are not damaged, as they have been by other construction work inside Coit Tower in the past. 
 
“Every San Franciscan who hasn’t been to Coit Tower in awhile should make a special visit there this weekend to take a last look inside before the building and murals are closed to the public until next year,” concluded Golinger.  “We are looking forward to the reopening of Coit Tower in the spring when it will be back in good shape and ready to shine once again.” 
 

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