SF Adventures April 28, Tues at 1:30pm - S.F. Columbarium

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 13:30

Meet at the San Francisco Columbarium (Built 1898)for the free tour. No reservations required... guests welcome.

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Columbaria, first built by the classical Romans, are buildings which contain cremated remains.The San Francisco Columbarium (officially, the Neptune Society Columbarium, owned by the Neptune Society) is the oldest of five columbaria presently found within the City of San Francisco, and the only one that is non-denominational. From 1934 to 1979, the beautiful building lay abandoned, looted, vandalized — allegedly the home to bootleggers during Prohibition — and infested with raccoons and pigeons. For the last 30 years, the Neptune Society's Emmitt Watson, the current caretaker and historian, has worked mostly alone to restore the decaying Columbarium to its former glory. Two artfully raised balconies encircle the building's light-filled central atrium, which is capped with a beautiful stained glass ceiling dome. Designed as part of the building's four stories of passageways, the decorated niches for San Francisco citizens of the past tell the city's history dating back to the 1890s, including the 1906 earthquake, Harvey Milk’s assassination, and the staggering number of deaths during the height of the AIDS epidemic.  Watson will tell us the stories of the people respectfully interred here, and of the building itself.

Location: 
1 Loraine Court, Lone Mountain, Richmond District
Directions: 
Between Stanyan and Arguello off Anza
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