Coit Tower

(27 murals)

The walls of this iconic tower are covered with murals offering an almost documentary glimpse into life during the Great Depression. Diego Rivera’s influence abounds here, in both the political subject matter and the way the Coit Tower artists focused on common, working class people.

Artists: Maxine Albro, Victor Arnautoff, Jane Berlandina, Ray Bertrand, Ray Boynton, Ralph Chesse, Rinaldo Cuneo, Benjamin Cunningham, Mallette (Harold) Dean, Parker Hall, Edith Hamlin, George Harris, William Hesthal, John Langley Howard, Robert B. Howard, Lucien Labaudt, Gordon Langdon, Jose Moya del Pino, Otis Oldfield, Fred Olmsted, Suzanne Scheuer, Ralph Stackpole, Edward Terada, Frede Vidar, Clifford Wight, Bernard Zakheim.

Open to Public? Yes
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Rincon Annex Post Office

(1 mural, 27 panels)

This former post office features a series of striking and provocative images that trace California’s history often through an unflinching “leftist” lens. Instead of showing a procession of glorified “triumphs,” the mural shows a series of conflicts, exploited workers, mob violence and labor strikes. In the 1950’s, critics attacked the mural for being subversive and anti-American, which resulted in a Congressional hearing.

Artist: Anton Refregier
Open to Public? Yes

City College of San Francisco

(1 mural)
The Pan American Unity mural is the largest Diego Rivera mural in the United States. Located in the lobby of the Diego Rivera Theatre, the monumental mural promotes good will between the U.S. and Mexico at the moment World War II was breaking out in Europe.
Artist: Diego Rivera
Open to Public? Yes
More Info: http://www.ccsf.edu/NEW/en/about-city-college/diego-rivera-mural.html

Presidio Chapel

(1 mural)

Located inside the Main Post Chapel, a large fresco depicts the founding of the Presidio and various peacetime activities of the Army. Victor Arnautoff was a leading artist of the period, and was later put in charge of the Coit Tower mural project.

Artist: Victor Arnautoff
Open to Public? Yes
Website: http://www.interfaith-presidio.org/chapel/history.htm#m

Beach Chalet Brewery and Restaurant

(4 murals)

The ground floor of this microbrewery offers a wraparound view of the pleasures of San Francisco life in the 1930’s. Many leisure-time activities shown here would have been out of reach for most Americans during the Great Depression, but the images were meant to be an inspiration during hard times.

Artist: Lucien Labaudt, with multiple assistants
Open to Public? Yes
More Info: http://www.beachchalet.com

Roosevelt Middle School

(3 murals)

Various walls in this Middle School feature vibrant murals by different artists on the subjects of “Land” “Harvest” and “Education.”

Artist: Nelson Pool, George Wilson Walker
Open to Public? By appointment only
More Info: 415-750-8446

Mission High School

(2 murals, one missing)

Located inside Mission High School, these murals show the founding and daily activities of Mission Dolores. The murals were originally in the high school’s library, but during a seismic retrofit in 1973, one went missing. That mural’s location is still a mystery, but the remaining two are available for viewing by appointment.

Artist: Edith Hamlin
Open to Public? By appointment only.
Info: 415-241-6240

George Washington High School

(4 murals)

Several different murals are located on campus, including one that depicts the life of the President who is the high school’s namesake. That mural was contentious because of its portrayals of Native Americans and African American slavery. Other murals depict the value of a well-rounded education.

Artist: Victor Arnautoff, Lucien Labaudt, Ralph Stackpole, Gordon Langdon, Sargent Johnson
Open to Public? By appointment only.
Info: 415-750-8400

Mother’s House Fleishhacker Zoo

(1 mural)

Only a handful of women were employed in San Francisco to make murals under the New Deal. The Mother's House includes the work of two of them. Their mural focuses on the story of Noah's Ark, and features calming images of human beings interacting with animals.

Artist: Dorothy Pucinelli and Helen Forbes
Open to Public? Not at this time. Call to check status.
Info: 415-753-7080

Maritime Museum - Historic Aquatic Park Bath House

(1 mural)

5,000 square feet of murals wrap around visitors to give the impression of standing inside an aquarium. The murals include fantastical images of the lost continent of Atlantis, brilliantly colored fish, mythical sea creatures, and enlarged microorganisms floating through the water.

Artist: Hilaire Hiler
Open to Public? Yes
More Info: http://www.nps.gov/safr/historyculture/bathhousebuilding.htm

San Francisco Art Institute

(1 mural)

This massive mural is one of Diego Rivera’s most popular works of art in San Francisco. While not a New Deal project, Rivera’s work influenced San Francisco's artistic community and introduced many painters to the fresco technique. It is a mural about the making of a mural, and features Rivera himself in the center, with paintbrush and palette in hand.

Artist: Diego Rivera
Open to Public? Yes
More Info: http://www.sfai.edu/diego-rivera-mural

City Club of San Francisco

(1 mural)

While not a New Deal project, this is the first mural Diego Rivera painted in the United States. When it was announced that the Mexican master would decorate this site (formerly the Pacific Stock Exchange), a storm of protests broke out because he was a known Communist. But Rivera won over his critics with this non-threatening celebration of the riches of California. His ideas would influence many of the New Deal artists working in San Francisco.

Artist: Diego Rivera
Open to Public? By appointment only
Telephone: 415-362-2480

Health At Home

(1 mural)

This 1935 mural by Bernard Zakheim is titled “Community Spirit.”

Artist: Bernard Zakheim,
Open to Public? No

John Muir Elementary

(3 murals)

Three murals surround the main entrance of the school focusing on art, civilization, and nature.

Artist: David Park
Open to Public? By appointment only
More Info: 415-241-6335

UC-San Francisco Medical Center

(3 murals)

Located on the Parnassus campus inside Toland Hall and the Health Sciences West building, these murals depict the vast history of medicine, including superstitions and experimentation. In the 1940’s, the murals in Toland Hall were wallpapered over after a neurosurgeon claimed that when he lectured there, the murals distracted students’ attention. They were restored by the artist’s son.

Artist: Bernard Zakheim
Open to Public? Yes
More Info: http://medschool2.ucsf.edu/about

University Of California Extension

(2 murals)

This WPA angel fresco sits in the Richardson Hall administration building at the Southwest corner of the campus at Hermann and Laguna. Buidling closed to the public. Another mural by Reuben Kadish titled “A Dissertation on Alchemy” is in an unknown condition.

Artist: Hebe Daum, Reuben Kadish
Open to Public? No

Laguna Honda Hospital

(6 murals)

Rediscovered in 1981 by workers refurbishing the hospital's main entrance hallway, this series of murals covers the subjects "Steel," "Farming," "Fishing," "Flight," and "Man's Occupation." It was one of the first New Deal art projects in San Francisco.

Artist: Glen Wessels
Open to Public? Yes
More Info: http://lagunahonda.org

San Francisco Treasurer's Office

(1 mural)

This mural is a photomontage represents San Francisco’s “industry, construction, business, residence, commerce, and recreation,” and contains images of landmarks such as Sutro Baths, Coit Tower and the Montgomery Block building.

Artist: Benjamin Cunningham, William Abbenseth
Open to Public? No