San Francisco's landmark Coit Tower has reopened to the public after a six-month, $1.7 million upgrade that included the restoration of its famed murals.

City officials were among scores of people who attended a celebration on Wednesday marking the Depression-era tower's reopening.

Advocates for the tower say it was desperately in need of repair. It had lead paint peeling from the ceiling, poor lighting and water leaks that were corroding the murals.

San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department spokeswoman Sarah Ballard tells KTVU-TV much of the repair work consisted of weather-proofing the building.

In addition to the repairs, the tower will now also offer docent tours, so people can learn about the murals and the time period they reflect.