Fri, Jan 20, 2012 -- 10:00 AM

Preserving the WPA's Artistic Legacy

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Hugo Pardo Kuklinski/Flickr
One of the murals inside Coit Tower.
Hugo Pardo Kuklinski/Flickr
One of the murals inside Coit Tower.

Some San Francisco preservationists are raising an alarm about the decay of WPA murals inside the city's iconic Coit Tower. As they collect signatures to place a measure on the ballot to preserve the 75 to 80-year-old artwork, historians say other WPA projects in the Bay Area and across the nation are similarly threatened by time and neglect.

Host: Dave Iverson


  • Gray Brechin, project scholar for the Living New Deal Project, a historical geographer and visiting scholar at UC Berkeley's Department of Geography
  • Jon Golinger, chair of the Protect Coit Tower Committee
  • Philip Ginsburg, general manager of the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department

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