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Reasons to Consider Visiting Cypress Lawn This Summer

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 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 our guests 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 

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. Architect Bernard Cahill, a specialist in mausoleum design and mortuary architecture, believed that light and color were the answer to grief. 

Our Historic Noble Chapel 

Created in 1892, Noble Chapel is the heart of Cypress Lawn. It is named after our founder, Hamden Holmes Noble. Architect Thomas Paterson Ross patterned the chapel after St. Giles Church in Stoke Poges, England. Once inside the chapel, you’ll also find beautiful gardens. 

Statuesque Works of Art 

Whether you’re interested in history, art, or architecture, you’re sure to admire the angels, characters from Greek mythology, iconic 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. 

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. We hope to see you this summer! 


By Robert A. Gordon Jr., President & CEO of Cypress Lawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park, Resident since 2017 


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Bob Gordon
Cypress Lawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park
(650) 550-8808

Robert Gordon Jr. began his career at his grandfather’s cemetery and funeral home as a teenager — he worked in every position, eventually rising to the level of Vice President. He went on to hold director positions at both the El Camino Group and Service Corporation International. Bob is now the President and CEO of the Cypress Lawn Cemetery Association. He is a licensed funeral director and cemetery broker. 

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