Coit Tower and Presidio Officer’s Club receive Governor’s Historic Preservation Awards

Coit Tower - (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Coit Tower - (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Coit Tower and Presidio Officer’s Club receive Governor’s Historic Preservation Awards

From California Office of Historic Preservation news release – The Coit Memorial Tower rehabilitation project was significant for its successful collaboration between two City of San Francisco agencies: the Recreation and Parks Department which maintains and operates Coit Tower, and the Arts Commission, which cares for the tower’s murals, painted in the 1930s as part of the Public Works Art Project. Due to Coit Tower’s historic significance, original character-defining materials were repaired rather than replaced whenever possible, and conservation measures were taken to stabilize the artwork while keeping it accessible to the public. Coit Memorial Tower attracts thousands of visitors annually from all over the world for its stunning views of San Francisco and the Bay Area, and for its colorful murals. Repairing the exterior, restoring interior finishes, improving accessibility, and conserving the building’s artwork, ensures the historic tower’s continued existence as an iconic international cultural destination.

Established in 1986, the Governor’s Historic Preservation Awards are presented annually under the sponsorship of the State Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) and California State Parks to projects, individuals, and organizations whose contributions demonstrate significant achievements in preserving the heritage of California.

-March 24, 2014Restoration of San Francisco tourist hotspot Coit Tower underway as Painting conservators Gregory Thomas, wearing magnifying glasses, James Brenstein and Anne Rosenthal work on the restoration of the murals located on the ground floor of the tower. Thomas, Brenstein and Rosenthal worked on the restoration efforts 26 years ago. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

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-March 24, 2014 - Restoration of San Francisco tourist hotspot Coit Tower underway as Painting conservators Gregory Thomas, wearing magnifying glasses, James Brenstein and Anne Rosenthal work on the restoration of the murals located on the ground floor of the tower. Thomas, Brenstein and Rosenthal worked on the restoration efforts 26 years ago. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

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