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Coit Tower, San Francisco, California

Coit Tower, also known as the Lillian Coit Memorial Tower, is a 210-foottower in the Telegraph Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, California. The tower, in the city's Pioneer Park, was built in 1933 using Lillie Hitchcock Coit's bequest to beautify the city of San Francisco.

Hitchcock's Films

Vertigo (1958)

Madeleine uses this local landmark to find Scottie's apartment on Lombard Street.

The interior of Scottie's apartment was filmed on a studio set and Hitchcock was keen that the tower appeared prominently in the background through the apartment window. When art director Henry Bumstead questioned this, Hitchcock replied, "Coit Tower is a phallic symbol."[1][2]

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Film Frames

Selection of film frames: Coit Tower, San Francisco, California

Image Gallery

Images from the Hitchcock Gallery (click to view larger versions or search for all relevant images)...


Notes & References

  1. Vertigo: The Making of a Hitchcock Classic (1998) by Dan Auiler
  2. The Daily Bruin (26/Nov/2002) - Bumstead gives talk on art direction, Vertigo