Living New Deal at the Coit Tower Reopening

There was considerable hub-bub over the May 2014 reopening of one of San Francisco’s most beloved spots (and tourist sites), Coit Tower on the top of Telegraph Hill. After a long campaign by citizens groups, the city’s Department of Recreation and Parks spent $1.5 million to fix the leaks in roof that were damaging walls and mural, bring in experts to restore the glorious murals (the first New Deal murals in the country), and refurbish the facilities in general.  The Living New Deal’s Harvey Smith helped rewrite captions for the murals and participated in the reopening ceremonies. Smith is featured in this video created for KQED public TV’s new Smartphone App, “Let’s Get Lost”, which features many New Deal sites in the city and commentary by Smith and Gray Brechin. KQED’s report on the events can be found here.  The San Francisco Chronicle also gave

Michael Gorden, a docent for San Francisco City Guides, stands in front of one of Coit Tower’s murals

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Michael Gorden, a docent for San Francisco City Guides, stands in front of one of Coit Tower’s murals (Mark Andrew Boyer/KQED)  Source
Photo Credit: Mark Andrew Boyer Mark Andrew Boyer/KQED

 

 

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