Latitude: 37/802 Longitude: -122.405
This landmark in a city favored by most tourists is very different from the rest of San Francisco. The familiar-looking tower was built in 1933 during the Great Depression. One of the government projects to put people to work was the W.P.A. and out of that came guidebooks and public art including the murals on the ground floor of Coit Tower. They date from 1934. It's surprising that they survived the anti-communist McCarthy era of the 1950's because the artists were definitely motivated by the radical politics of the time. There are caricatures of capitalists and the newspapers on the newstand include Masses and the Daily Worker.
What we did not see on our short visit to the hill (where the wait for a parking spot was about twenty minutes) were the flocks of wild parrots. The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill is a new documentary about a homeless man who cares for the parrots for many years, and if it is distributed in your area, don't miss it. There's nothing quite like it in the theaters today. Mark Bittner, the subject of the movie, also has a book out by the same title.