Chapel of the Chimes is situated directly outside the gates of Mt. View Cemetery. It was designed by Julia Morgan who is most well-known as the architect of Hearst Castle in San Simeon. Later Aaron Green, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, made sympathetic additions to the Morgan building. This building is primarily a columbarium but also offers other modes of "end of life services." The building is kind of a warren filled with stairwells, interior gardens, fountains, and stained glass ceilings. Besides funeral services, monthly Jazz concerts and various literary events also occur here.
Did you know that in the funeral business the most expensive niches are those at eye level? And the least expensive are those near the floor and ceiling? Here's a tip I was given: Never buy the cremation urn before you buy the niche, otherwise it may not fit. Good to know. For more cemetery musings from around the world, visit Taphophile Tragics, a new meme from Sydney Eye.
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