Best Place to Leave Your Heart (and the Rest of You) - 2012
Neptune Society Columbarium
At the turn of the 20th century, San Francisco's Board of Supervisors voted to ban all burials within the city, sparking the movement of thousands of deceased residents to Colma. Currently, the number of dead in Colma drastically outnumbers the number of living, and San Franciscans hoping to be buried here in the city are hard-pressed to find a location that will accept them. Fortunately, the Neptune Society Columbarium offers an exquisite alternative to the final commute. Tucked away in the Richmond District, the Columbarium is a stunning piece of neoclassical architecture. It's also the only nondenominational cemetery in San Francisco, happy to house a diverse citizenry. Each tiny niche is decorated to suit the departed loved one's tastes, which makes exploring the building an easy way to get to know its residents' personalities. Although the Columbarium almost ran out of space last year, expansions are underway, so that those who love this city will never have to leave.