The new ALMERIN HOTCHKISS MEMORIAL CHAPEL and COLUMBARIUM at the historic BELLEFONTAINE CEMETERY in St. Louis, MO is named for the first superintendent and initial designer of this historic Midwestern cemetery, Mr. Almerin Hotchkiss (1816-1903), who served in that capacity for four decades. (After his death, his son Frank Hotchkiss assumed the role of superintendent).
Bellefontaine, which opened in 1849 six months prior to a disastrous cholera epidemic that swept the then-frontier City of St. Louis, was designed by him according to architectural tenets of the "Rural Cemetery" movement that was being developed in the East at that time, calling for large public cemeteries to be located outside existing city limits--designed with sweeping views, circular scenic roads, large family monumental burial lots, and lush landscaping. Many architectural historians in the USA consider Bellefontaine Cemetery to be among the "top ten" cemeteries of the Rural Cemetery Movement in the nation architecturally and historically.
The new Hotchkiss Chapel and Indoor Columbarium, built in 1909 by architectural plans by the noted St. Louis firm of Eames & Young, and renovated in October 2009, is stylishly refitted into the former 1909 neoclassical limestone Receiving Tomb, and features the restored original pews, committal space, pulpit, floral stands, lighting and art glass windows from the original building. In addition, the original manual-action organ donated by early cemetery board member and lot owner Hudson E. Bridge (an officer of the former Missouri Pacific Railroad) has been restored and is now operational for committal, memorial and other services. Two swinging handicapped-accessible oak doors (one on each side of the building)offer direct entry and access to the columbarium apart from the committal chapel for privacy.
Several hundred hardwood-fronted columbarium niches mounted floor-to-ceiling offer inscribed, secure, attractive individual, companion, and family ennichements for cremated remains, with security locks and systems within. (The cemetery office provides inscription services on niches for all purchasers and ennichements within the cemetery columbaria. Inquire within). Glass-fronted and bronze-fronted niches are also available within the new columbarium, offering cremation patrons of the cemetery a wide array of memorialization choices.
The indoor columbarium chapel also offers cemetery and columbarium patrons an attractive, intimate dedicated space for committal services for all faiths out of the weather in all seasons. It is air-conditioned, handicapped-accessible, and features an accessible rest room within. NICHES ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE IN ANY LOCATION WITHIN THE CHAPEL INDOOR COLUMBARIUM. A complete selection of cremation urns appropriate to niche size considerations is also offered to cemetery patrons.
The new LAKESIDE OUTDOOR COLUMBARIUM, centrally located on the cemetery grounds near the two lakes, has also recently opened, offering outdoor ennichements in columbarium walls, benches and other garden features in a tranquil landscaped setting. Niches feature closed stone fronts, inscribed with the names and dates of the deceased inurned within. Individual, companion and family niches are available.
Inquiries on the purchase of niches, urns and cemetery gravespace and services throughout the grounds and buildings, as well as other questions relating to the use of the cemetery and its burial lots, can be obtained through the cemetery sales office located at the building on the right side of the front gate at 4947 West Florissant Avenue at N. Kingshighway Blvd.
Many of the monuments, mausoleums and noted personages buried within historic Bellefontaine Cemetery have their gravesites listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
THE INDOOR COLUMBARIUM CHAPEL IS OPEN DAILY 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday thru Friday. You must inquire first at the cemetery office.
(FOR FURTHER INFORMATION on persons interred in the Cemetery or inurned in the Columbarium, consult the Bellefontaine Cemetery website at www.BellefontaineCemetery.org or call the cemetery office).
Inscription: NEW INDOOR COLUMBARIUM and MEMORIAL COMMITTAL CHAPEL at historic landmark Midwestern cemetery located in former early 1900's Receiving Tomb.
Note: Historic Indoor Columbarium and Committal Chapel
Burial: Bellefontaine Cemetery Saint Louis St. Louis City Missouri, USA Plot: HOTCHKISS CHAPEL & Indoor Columbarium
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HONORING ALL of AMERICA' VETERANS interred in the historic BELLEFONTAINE CEMETERY from the Revolutionary War to the present---may their memory be eternal! The nation and our city shall never forget them. -
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