Grace Cathedral is one of San Francisco’s most venerated religious edifices, an Episcopal church dating to 1849, the era of California’s Gold Rush. Originally a small chapel atop Nob Hill, it served the rough inhabitants of what was then a small but rapidly growing mining community. In the ensuing century and a half it has undergone numerous renovations and reconstructions, most notably after the Great Earthquake of 1906, when construction of the current cathedral building began. It was consecrated in 1964 (though not yet fully completed), and has continued expanding to the present day.
Grace Cathedral is full of marvelous examples of modern sacred art, including stained glass, murals depicting religious scenes, bronze works and more. Music plays a deeply important role in the liturgy of the Cathedral, which has two resident vocal groups, the Choir of Men and Boys and the mixed Cathedral Camerata; the church’s organ can also be heard regularly during services and in concert. A busy schedule of programs includes concerts of jazz, classical and sacred music, film screenings, lectures, holiday events, and more.
Grace Cathedral Information
- Public Transportation: Very Good (steps from the California Street bus at Taylor Street; a short walk from bus 1 at Sacramento Street/Jones Street; a 4-minute walk from bus 27 at California Street/Leavenworth Street; and a 7-minute walk from Cable Cars PM and PH at Powell Street/Pine Street)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Music programming includes sacred music, holiday music, classical, jazz, recitals, and sometimes performers from the world of popular music. Other events include film screenings, literary events, sing-alongs and “The Forum at Grace Cathedral” live talk show
- Ticket Prices: Vary based on program. Many events are free. Shows occasionally available on Goldstar.com.