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Address: 1 Lorraine Ct,. at Anza, Richmond District, San Francisco, CA
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An off-the-beaten-track architectural landmark of the Victorian era worth...

An off-the-beaten-track architectural landmark of the Victorian era worth visiting.

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Peacefull, beautiful and history laden. Was to be demolished, restored with love. Stunning stained glass windows. This was well worth the trip. In a quiet area of San Fran. We... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 September 2016
Frith J
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

Peacefull, beautiful and history laden. Was to be demolished, restored with love. Stunning stained glass windows. This was well worth the trip. In a quiet area of San Fran. We were driving and there were a few car parks available. Free entry. We were fortunate enough to meet Emmitt Watson the gentleman responsible for a lot of the restoration work.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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221 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Gorgeous building tucked away on a one block street in The Richmond. Worth it to call ahead and reserve a tour (not available on weekends), or you won't be able to see the upper floors. Nowhere near as fantastic as the columbarium in Oakland, but still worth a look.

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Roseville, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016

Having heard about this place on a PBS travelogue, we had to look. This is a classic building filled with niches containing urns of Intersting and famous people. Many niches contained mementos illustrative of interests of the deceased, E.g. martini shaker. We were fortunate to have a private tour by Emmitt Watson, longtime caretaker-maintenance man-curator who is THE historian. No... More 

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Thank Jeff95747
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

The central structure itself captivates the imagination. The design almost defies description. Enter and you're walking into another world, a world of the dead and of memories of those past, forged by their loved ones in remembrance, love and respect. The silence is truly deafening, the air so still you seem to swim through it. I guarantee you won't forget... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2015

Penny had seen this on a Billy Connolly TV program about death. Visiting a vertical graveyard may not be top of your tourist list but this is a lovely, peaceful place with moving memorials to the people whose ashes are here. Well worth a visit

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2014

I’m a tapophile (someone who frequents and appreciates cemeteries), so The Columbarium was an important stop on a recent trip to San Francisco. But you don’t need to like cemeteries to visit this important and unusual place, which holds thousands of people’s cremains in niches, urns, boxes, all in glass-fronted or bronze-enclosed cases. Some of the “residents" are famous, most... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2013

We had seen a Huell Howser California Gold segment on the cemetaries of San Francisco. He said that in the 1920s, the city council in San Francisco wanted to get rid of the cemetaries and move the remains to Colma. So the bodies in the Richmond District, where the Columbarium is located were move, but the main building of the... More 

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San Francisco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2013

i have used Neptune service when my uncle passed away, there are very helpful and needful in time and also the parer work was taken care peacefully and without disturbing others which was really stunning, well we all were disturbed the way they handled makes me to write this review..they are top class and simply superb.

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230 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2012

The Columbarium is only 3 miles down Geary Street from Union Square, but it's a totally different experience. Instead of tourists and street performers, you'll discover a jewel-like building dedicated to honoring loved ones with displays of their urns and treasured possessions. The "residents" represent the wonderful diversity that has always been San Francisco. Asians are in niches next to... More 

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2012

The Neptune Society helped us with our loss and did it a corporate manner. However, we were exceptionally pleased with the Boat Captain "Stewart" and his crew who treated us with kindness, carring, and thoughtfulness; because of the crew, we would recommend the Neptune Society to anyone...!!

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