Lonely Planet review
San Francisco's Victorian Columbarium is lined with art nouveau stained-glass windows under its sheltering dome, illuminating more than 8000 niches honoring dearly departed relations, dogs and rabbits. The ancient Roman tradition of memorial buildings for cremated remains was revived in San Francisco in 1898, when burial grounds were crowding San Francisco's 7-by-7-mile peninsula.
The Columbarium was largely abandoned from 1934 until its 1979 restoration by the Neptune Society, a cremation advocacy group. Many visitors today come to admire the Victorian neoclassical architecture and pay respects to the niche of pioneering gay city supervisor Harvey Milk, who was killed by a political opponent.