We, the undersigned, urge you to designate Coit Tower as a National Historic Landmark.

Coit Tower’s historic murals represent the first and largest collection of federally-funded art created through the federal government's first New Deal arts project, the Public Works of Art Project (PWAP).

In effect between December 1933 and June 1934, the PWAP was the first New Deal program to employ artists and to fund public arts projects. 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 twenty-seven Coit Tower interior 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 undertaking, titled Aspects of Life in California, 1934, is an unusual example of a large group of muralists working in unison.  The Coit Tower murals’ content and expression were directly influenced by Diego Rivera, who a number of the artists worked with or studied under.  The Coit Tower murals comprised the most extensive use of fresco technique in the United States 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 was recently recognized on the National Historic Register at the national level of significance.  Now, Coit Tower would benefit from National Historic Landmark designation to highlight its prominent place in our nation’s history of public art and to help secure its preservation for every American and visitors from around the world to enjoy for years to come.  We urge you to proceed with the designation of Coit Tower as a National Historic Landmark at the next possible opportunity.



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