San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Former Site of Laurel Hill Cemetery
1854 – 1946
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 37° 47.217′ N, 122° 26.9′ W. Marker was in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker could be reached from the intersection of California Street and Walnut Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 3333 California Street, San Francisco CA 94118, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. 1545 Divisadero (approx. half a mile away); St. John’s Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); The San Francisco Columbarium (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lover’s Lane (approx. 0.8 miles away); Westerfield House (approx. 0.9 miles away); A New Ballgame (approx. 0.9 miles away); Issei Women's Legacy (approx. one mile away); North West Corner of Original Presidio (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
More about this marker. This marker is missing.
Regarding Former Site of Laurel Hill Cemetery.
In 1986, Peter Richards and George Gonzales, artists in residence at the San Francisco Exploratorium, used the Laurel Hill material to create a wave-activated acoustic sculpture located on the jetty, the Wave Organ. . Through a series of pipes, waves on the bay convey their sounds to listeners at various locations in the sculpture.
Also see . . .
1. Site of Laurel Hill Cemetery - Noehill.com. This site includes a photograph of the marker before it went missing. (Submitted on January 23, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
2. Streetwise: Dearly Departed - Western Neighborhoods Project. Since the 1880s there had been cries to "Remove the Cemeteries," primarily to make room for development, although this aim was often couched in rhetoric about "ghouls" and health hazards. Politics and public opinion
This is an intriguing read. (Submitted on January 23, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
3. The Wave Organ. A prototype, built at the same location, was presented as part of the New Music ’81 Festival. Though very rudimentary in nature, it generated enthusiasm and support for a permanent work. Permit acquisition and fundraising efforts by Frank Oppenheimer, Founding Director of the Exploratorium, began soon after, but actual construction did not start until September 1985, seven months after Oppenheimer’s death. The Wave Organ was completed in May 1986 and was dedicated in June to the memory of Frank Oppenheimer. (Submitted on February 27, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 23, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 399 times since then and 20 times this year. Last updated on February 27, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 23, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on February 27, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.