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Completed restorations of Coit Tower’s seven second floor murals 

Allison Cummings, Senior Registrar at San Francisco Arts Commission, looks over the results of completed restorations of Coit Tower’s seven second floor murals. The second floor restoration work, which was led by Architectural Resources Group (ARG) Conservation Services and Anne Rosenthal Fine Art Conservation, is the final piece in what has been the most extensive restoration effort in the Tower’s 80-year history. Accessible only to guided tour groups due to limited space capacity, the second floor murals include renowned W.P.A artist Lucien Labaudt’s sweeping panorama of Powell Street and the Tower’s only fresco-secco mural by Jane Berlandina, which has been restored for the first time. During the restoration, the second floor murals were dry-cleaned to remove surface dirt and dust. Areas of gouged plaster and cracks were filled and inpainted, returning the mural surface to near pristine condition. Conservators focused intently on the Jane Berlandina’s Home Life mural which is the most materially sensitive artwork in the building and has never undergone previous conservation.
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