Sacramento Bee: S.F. landmark’s Depression-era murals in need of repair

S.F. landmark’s Depression-era murals badly in need of repair

Sunday, Jan. 08, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO – The view from Coit Tower, a national landmark that sits atop Telegraph Hill, is one of this city’s most impressive, offering a panorama of the San Francisco Bay.

Inside the tower is another story. A ring of historic murals telling the story of California during the Great Depression is in disrepair, in some spots chipped, scratched, dirty or damaged by water. A poster describing the work of 27 artists who created the vivid frescoes is so warped it is hard to read.

“The murals are decaying every day without protection,” said Jon Golinger, head of the neighborhood association Telegraph Hill Dwellers, who lives nearby and walks past the historic tower on his way to work.

Golinger and members of the newly formed Protect Coit Tower Committee are working to put a measure on the June ballot calling for the maintenance and preservation of the murals, tower and surrounding Pioneer Park. The art deco tower, a defining feature of the city’s skyline, is, they say, lost in plain sight.

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