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(Consider preserving a historic Section of Crown Hill Cemetery with a planned gift in your will and estate planning.)

Do You Know Crown Hill Cemetery?

Crown Hill Cemetary
  • If you live in Indianapolis, you may have driven past Crown Hill, admired its vast green space, and wondered at the lives entrusted to it since its founding in 1863.
  • If you grew up in Indianapolis, you may have visited Crown Hill on a school field trip, gathering leaves from some of its more than 4,100 trees, learning abut civic, state, and national history and traditions through its monuments to famous figures.
  • If Crown Hill is a place of repose for your family and friends, you may have made solemn trips here to pay your respects, and may return time and again to renew your memories.
  • If you are a student of history or genealogy, you may have come to Crown Hill to study and learn, perhaps about your own family, perhaps about others'.
  • If architecture, sculpture, or stained glass artworks are your passions, you may have come here to view Crown Hill’s many treasures.

And perhaps, as Indianapolis residents have done for over 145 years, you have visited Crown Hill just to enjoy a family outing or a picnic in a setting more beautiful than many parks.

If You Know Crown Hill, you know it as an historic landmark of international renown. You know that it serves every sector of Indianapolis with the utmost respect for every religion, race, and creed.  You know that it is a chronicle of Indianapolis history with over 195,000 chapters, one for each of the lives honored here.  You know that just as Crown Hill is fundamental to the best of Indianapolis, preserving Crown Hill is fundamental to our city’s stature in the world.  And if you know Crown Hill, you want to assure that this timeless place retains its beauty and importance for generations to come.

What You May Not Know About Crown Hill Cemetery is that despite its richly green landscape, countless memorials to human accomplishment, and boundless capacity for service, this magnificent historic and civic treasure needs your help to assure that its tributes to Indianapolis and to humanity remain viable into the future.

Donor Helps Preserve Section 45 at Crown Hill Cemetery in Estate Plan

Here’s How - The Historic Preservation Program of the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation restores, preserves, and enhances the historic landmarks, mausoleums, and memorials on the grounds of Crown Hill Cemetery.

Crown Hill Cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Crown Hill Heritage Foundation follows the eligibility guidelines of the National Register of Historic Places to help identify the structures, objects, and landmarks that will be preserved on the grounds of Crown Hill Cemetery. Architectural conservation, heritage conservation, and landscape preservation are considered.

The National Register Criteria for Evaluation include age, integrity, and significance.

  • Age and Integrity - Is the property old enough to be considered historic (generally at least 50 years old) and does it still look much the way it did in the past?
  • Significance – Is the structure/item associated with events, activities or developments that were important in the past? With the lives of the people who were important in the past? With significant architectural history, landscape history, or engineering achievements?

Historic preservation projects undertaken by the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation must benefit the general public and cannot be undertaken for private benefit. The President and Vice of Development of the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation annually review, prioritize, and plan historic preservation projects for Crown Hill Cemetery.

Crown Hill was founded as “A Rural Cemetery for Indianapolis” in 1863. At the time, rural cemeteries served as the first parks for growing communities. They were filled with artistic statuary, architectural wonders, and elegant mausoleums. Citizens strolled their grounds to enjoy nature, see the latest memorials, and learn about the lives of those at rest. Rural cemeteries provided a setting in which to remember the dead and instruct the living, a tradition that is carried on at Crown Hill by the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation.

Section 45 at Crown Hill Cemetery meets the criteria for historic preservation based on the following:

  1. The Beveridge Memorial - Listed in the Smithsonian American Art Museum Art Inventories Catalog, the marble sculpture commemorates the life of Senator and author Albert J. Beveridge.  The six- foot rectangular monument features relief panels of Classical male figures who personify aspects of Beveridge’s life.  The four figures on the relief panels represent the Historian, the Student, the Lawyer, and the Senator.
  2. Family Mausoleums – Section 45 contains the C. B. Cones Mausoleum built in 1906; the Love Mausoleum built in 1913; the Rhoads Mausoleum built in 1959; and the Evans-Strum Mausoleum built in 2002.  The term “mausoleum” comes from a structure Mausolus, king of Caria built about 1350 B.C.  It was one of the Seven Wonders of the World. In the 18th and 19th centuries, family mausoleums became popular in Europe and later in America.  The mausoleums in Section 45 showcase the architectural styles and designs popular in the United States from the early 20th to the early 21st centuries.
  3. Cultural Heritage – Crown Hill is a chronicle of Indianapolis history with over 190,000 chapters – one for each of the lives honored here.  The lives of the individuals buried in Section 45 help tell the story of Indianapolis, Indiana, and the nation.  These stories are shared on Foundation tours and in Foundation promotional materials.
  4. Proximity to Sections 33, 32, and 75 - Located across the road to the east of Section 45, these sections contain a large collection of tree-stump tombstones, a rustic funerary memorial popular in the 19th and 20th centuries and considered folk art. They also contain the Confederate Mound from the Civil War era and other unique epitaphs featured on the Art & Architecture guided tours.
  5. Landscape – Section 45 features the rural cemetery design which followed the natural contours of the land with winding roads and ample trees. Family monuments surrounded by individual markers for individual family members are prominent as opposed to the row upon row of straight aligned markers found in more modern sections of the cemetery.

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Please direct inquiries to:

Marianne Randjelovic
Vice President of Development
700 West 38th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208
(317) 920-4165
development@crownhill.org