Telegraph Hill

Telegraph Hill, formerly known as “Goat Hill” by the many Italians who lived in this quarter, has lovely vistas that are shared by quaint single-family homes and apartments which are coveted due to the proximity to the financial district and nightlife of North Beach. Lillie Hitchcock Coit, a poker-playing, cigarette-smoking millionaire who loved to ride on fire trucks and became an honorary member of the Knickerbocker Engine Company No. #5, bequeathed one-third of her fortune to having a monument, Coit Tower, built on the very top of Telegraph Hill. Today, Coit Tower homes the revolutionary frescoes of Diego Rivera and other less known painters who were financed by the Federal Art project of 1933. Hundreds of tourist a day can be counted while by night lovers parked to enjoy the city lights laid out like a blanket, just steps away from the surviving wooden houses from the 1906 fire that once covered the hill.

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