Chapel of the Chimes (Oakland, California)

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Coordinates: 37°49′54.05″N 122°14′44.81″W / 37.8316806°N 122.2457806°W / 37.8316806; -122.2457806

Interior of the columbarium, with book-shaped cinerary urns.

Chapel of the Chimes was founded in 1909 as a crematory and columbarium in Oakland, California. The present building dates largely from a 1928 redevelopment based on the designs of the architect Julia Morgan.[1] The Moorish- and Gothic-inspired interior is a maze of small rooms featuring ornate stonework, statues, gardens, fountains and mosaics. The name "chapel" refers primarily to the style of interior design, as it is not a traditional cemetery chapel building.

The building maintains its original functions, and also serves as the venue for annual music festivals on the winter and summer solstices. [2]

The chapel's owners operate funeral homes and cemeteries, not designed by Morgan, in Hayward, also under the name Chapel of the Chimes, as well as Sunset Lawn Chapel of the Chimes in Sacramento[3]

Chapel of the Chimes holds the records of the Chapel of Memories on Pleasant Valley Avenue.

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