The Woodlawn Garden Conservatory Mausoleum is located in the Historic Woodlawn Cemetery which is one of the largest cemeteries in New York City. The Woodlawn Cemetery was conceived as a rural park cemetery and first opened in 1863 in what was then southern Westchester County, in an area that was annexed to New York City in 1874.
The cemetery covers more than 400 acres and is the resting place for more than 300,000 people. Built on rolling hills, its tree-lined roads lead to hundreds of unique memorials and family mausoleum buildings designed by many famous architects during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.
In keeping with the underlying theme of The Woodlawn’s urban park concept, The Woodlawn wanted a new contemporary mausoleum complex which would reflect the historic values of the unique memorial architecture as well as be sensitive to its park like setting. This is where the Conservatory Mausoleum concept was established and JST Architects was hired to bring the concept into reality.
The Garden Conservatory Mausoleum was master planned for an entire site, but divided into two phases. The overall concept begins with a Phase I spacious central conservatory space consisting of high skylight ceilings, multi-level planting areas, water features, and statuary. Materials are grey limestone, grey granite, Verde granite, and black granite accents. Four sky lighted hallways originate from this central area, and these halls contain additional crypts and private family areas.
The Phase I of the Garden Conservatory was a success with Phase II just recently completed. Phase I provided 2,326 crypts and 200 cremation niches. Phase II provided 2,616 crypts and 400 cremation niches for the development.
- 44,000 Sq. Ft.
- Bronx, New York
- Phase I – 21,000 Sq. Ft.
- Phase II – 23,000 Sq. Ft.
- New construction in cemetery
- Contains a central garden conservatory
- Contains water features and statuary
- Exterior arbor entrance with private family units
- Interior design services provided