San Francisco's Coit Tower Closes for Repairs

By Associated Press
|  Thursday, Oct 17, 2013  |  Updated 12:15 PM PDT
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SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 22: The moon rises behind Coit Tower September 22, 2010 in San Francisco, California. Today marks the first time in two decades that the Sun has sunk as a full Moon has risen exactly opposite to it on the autumnal equinox, or the beginning of Fall. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Coit Tower, the San Francisco landmark that's been a fixture of the city's skyline for 80 years, is going to close its doors for several months of repairs.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the concrete column atop Telegraph Hill is expected to shut down next month for a $1.1 million rehabilitation.

A 2012 assessment of the building found a variety of problems, including water damage in and around its historic murals, lead-based paint flaking from the ceilings and asbestos insulation that needed removal.

Coit Tower was completed in 1933 and named for Lillie Hitchcock Coit, a wealthy patron of the city's firefighters. The building, whose observation deck provides a 360-degree view of the city and the bay, is a major tourist attraction.

It's expected to reopen in mid-April.

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