By Robert A. Gordon Jr., President & CEO of Cypress Lawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park, Resident since 2017
If you’ve never experienced the beauty of Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, summer is the perfect time to do so. We invite you to wander our grounds, spend time enjoying the lake and feeding the ducks, and take advantage of the endless opportunities to learn about Bay Area history, art, architecture, and so much more. As you plan your visit, be sure to keep these treasured sights in mind.
Trees from all over the world
Back in 1892, our founder, Hamden Holmes Noble, brought in plant materials from around the world to create what has become an internationally accredited Level I Arboretum. We welcome visitors to join us for a Tree Tour and learn more about the many species of trees that call Cypress Lawn home.
Elaborate stained glass collection
Architect Bernard Cahill, a specialist in mausoleum design and mortuary architecture, believed that light and color were the answer to grief. As a result, our mausoleum behind the administration building is home to some of the most stunning stained glass in North America, including 36,000 square feet of glass ceilings and windows. You’ll find one-of-a-kind Tiffany pieces, a highlight of the stained-glass collection here at Cypress Lawn.
Our historic noble chapel
Noble Chapel was created in 1892 and is the heart of Cypress Lawn. The chapel was named after our founder, Hamden Holmes Noble. Architect Thomas Peterson Ross patterned the chapel after St. Giles Church in the village of Stoke Poges in Buckinghamshire, England. Once inside the chapel, you’ll find beautiful gardens to explore and admire.
Statuesque works of art
Whether you’re interested in history, art, or architecture, you’re sure to admire the angels, Greek mythological characters, columns, and statement pieces scattered throughout our 200-plus acres. These visual expressions of love were expertly crafted to bring peace and tranquility to our visitors. These works of art serve as impressive sculptural complements to the permanent memorials at Cypress Lawn.
To best meet the needs of each person in our community, we offer docent-led public trolley tours of Cypress Lawn, featuring information about our history, famous people who rest here, and the many treasures that live at Cypress Lawn. Contact us to learn more or to schedule a Trolley Tour of our beautiful Memorial Park.
We hope to see you here this summer!