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Chapel of the Chimes (Oakland, California)

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Years active  1996–present
Phone  +1 510-379-5200
Opened  1909
Architect  Julia Morgan
Chapel of the Chimes (Oakland, California)
Genre  Electronic music, experimental music
Dates  Evening of the summer solstice
Location(s)  Chapel of the Chimes (Oakland, California)
Address  4499 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611, USA
Hours  Closed now Thursday8:30AM–5PMFriday8:30AM–5PMSaturday8:30AM–5PMSunday8:30AM–5PMMonday8:30AM–5PMTuesday8:30AM–5PMWednesday8:30AM–5PM
Burials  John Lee Hooker, Henry Vollmer, Frederick Coppins
Similar  Mountain View Cemetery, Grand Lake Theatre, Children's Fairyland, Julia Morgan Theater, Berkeley City Club

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. 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.

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.

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

Garden 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. 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.

Notable interments

Notable burials include the following:

  • Harriet Chalmers Adams (1875–1937), explorer
  • Dick Bartell (1907–1995), baseball player
  • Russ Christopher (1917–1954), baseball player
  • Frederick George Coppins (1889–1963), Canadian recipient of the Victoria Cross in World War I
  • Al Davis (1929–2011), National Football League executive and Oakland Raiders owner
  • John A. Elston (1874–1921), US Congressman
  • William Frederick "Bones" Ely (1863–1952), baseball player
  • John Lee Hooker (1917–2001), musician
  • Friend Richardson (1865–1943), California governor
  • Henry Vollmer (1867–1930), mayor of Davenport, Iowa, US Congressman
  • References

    Chapel of the Chimes (Oakland, California) Wikipedia

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