Historic Preservation

The historic preservation of Crown Hill Cemetery is a cornerstone of the mission of the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation. With over 150 years worth of structures, the preservation of the cemetery is more important than ever. Each year, the Foundation embarks on various projects to preserve and restore mausoleums, cemetery buildings, monuments, statues, and pieces of art that are in need of repair. The work that is done ensures that the past is preserved for many generations to come.

Preservation Projects

  • Caleb Blood Smith Mausoleum

    Restored in 2020 (exterior) and 2022 (interior), the C. B. (Caleb Blood) Smith Mausoleum, constructed in 1864, was the first family mausoleum built at Crown Hill Cemetery.  C. B. Smith served as Secretary of Interior in President Abraham Lincoln’s Cabinet. The sandstone mausoleum featuring Egyptian symbolism is located in Section 5 near the gravesite of Sarah Bolton and across the road from English Circle. 

  • Cunningham Family Mausoleum

    Established in 1888 and restored in 2022, this small mausoleum is unique in size and shape. Located in Section 33, it was constructed for the family of Dr. Henry S. and Carrie Cunningham and has two burials within the structure.

  • Thomas R. Marshall Mausoleum

    Restored in 2020, the Thomas R. Marshall Mausoleum, constructed in 1927, is located in Section 72 at Crown Hill Cemetery. Marshall served as the 28th Vice President for two terms (1913-1921) under President Wilson.