The Bob Hope Memorial was a unique project to design a private family burial garden on less than an acre of cemetery property in the historic San Fernando Mission Cemetery. The memorial is an outdoor garden of natural and man-made beauty.
Highlights of this garden are the “Our Lady of Hope” Fountain, The Bob Hope Memorial Wall (recognizing his life’s works in bronze bas-relief panels) and the Crypt Grotto, which is the final resting place for Bob and inventory for family and friends.
At the request of the family, the garden incorporates many aspects of a pastoral English Garden, similar in concept to the estate home of Bob and Delores Hope. This concept provides for rolling turf with undulating planting islands with a variety of trees, evergreen and flowering shrubs, plants with texture and minimal annual color.
The entrance to the Memorial Garden features a semi-circular fountain highlighted by a bronze statue of Our Lady of Hope, which has been aged to match the character of the older statues in the mission. It is based on a statue located at the Basilica of our Lady of Hope in Pontmain, France.
The Crypt Grotto consists of a shell structure which flows out of the bordering stucco fence and provides a protective canopy over “The Holy Family Resting – The Flight to Egypt.” This central feature is a bronze reproduction of an original statue by Anna Hyatt Huntington located in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Washington, D.C.
- Less than 1 acre
- Mission Hills, California
- Located in historic San Fernando Mission Cemetery
- Private family memorial
- Highlights fountain, memorial wall and crypt grotto
- Garden concept is pastoral English Garden
- Provided full architectural services for implementation