Chapel of the Chimes (Oakland, California)

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Coordinates: 37°49′55″N 122°14′44″W / 37.83189°N 122.24569°W / 37.83189; -122.24569

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

Garden of Memory[edit]

Garden of Memory
Garden of Memory Oakland.jpg
GenreElectronic music, experimental music
DatesEvening of the summer solstice
Location(s)Chapel of the Chimes (Oakland, California)
Years active1996–present
WebsiteGarden of Memory

Garden of Memory has been held 1996–present; this is a columbarium walk-through event held every year on the evening of the summer solstice.[4] It features over 40 musicians performing on unique instruments, or compositions designed for the event. The sound is often electronic or electro-acoustic in source and then electronically processed.[5]

Notable interments[edit]

Notable burials include the following:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Chapel of the Chimes Oakland. "Chapel of the Chimes Oakland – Oakland, CA". Retrieved 2014-08-25.
  2. ^ "a columbarium walk-through event at the Chapel of the Chimes". Garden of Memory. Retrieved 2014-08-25.
  3. ^ [1] Archived December 3, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Jason Victor Serinus. "A mystical, musical garden of memory". San Francisco Examiner. Archived from the original on 2012-08-05. Retrieved 2011-09-20.
  5. ^ "Garden of Memory - a columbarium walk-through event at the Chapel of the Chimes".

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