“a beautiful example of neo-classical architecture”
Constructed in 1898 by Bernard J.S. Cahill as part of the Odd Fellows Cemetery, the Neptune Society Columbarium in San Francisco, California is one of The City’s most prized architectural treasures. A beautiful example of neo-classical architecture, The Columbarium features a large rotunda, intricate stained glass windows, mosaic tile floors and more than 8,000 inurnment spaces. In the early 1900s, San Francisco disallowed ground burial and eventually mandated the closure and removal of its cemeteries. Of the big four cemeteries in The Richmond District, The Columbarium was all that remained. The building changed hands several times and eventually fell into disrepair until The Neptune Society of Northern California took stewardship in 1980. After extensive renovation, the Columbarium is once again a gleaming example of neo-classical, Greco-Roman splendor, long established as the final resting place of choice for the city’s elite. Walking through the Columbarium is like reading an epic historical novel, where each unique chapter is a personalized niche.
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