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Graffiti Tagger Manages to Vandalize Sentinel Building Dome

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San Francisco's iconic patinaed green copper Sentinel Building was given an unfortunate new color over the Thanksgiving holiday by graffiti taggers who managed to make their mark on the building's dome. The tagger was able to make it to the top of the seven-story structure and beyond to the dome, possibly using a fire escape. All of that effort was used to make some graffiti scrawls in white and black spray paint. According to Hoodline, the building's office manager is now working with a painting company to figure out how to remove the tags.

The Sentinel Building, which is also known as the Columbus Building, was built between 1905 and 1907—it survived the 1906 earthquake while under construction—and is currently owned by filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola. When Coppola bought the building in the early 1970s, it was falling into a state of disrepair. He restored it and continues to occupy much of the structure with his American Zoetrope studio. Graffiti remained present atop the tower on Tuesday morning but should be removed sometime this week.

· Dome of Coppola's Photogenic Sentinel Building Marred by Tagger [Hoodline]