Crown Hill Cemetery

Crown Hill Cemetery
Crown Hill Cemetery Gateway, August 1970
Crown Hill Cemetery is located in Indiana
Location: Boulevard Pl., W. 32nd St., and Northwestern Ave., Indianapolis, Indiana
Coordinates: 39°49′8″N 86°10′21″W / 39.81889°N 86.1725°W / 39.81889; -86.1725Coordinates: 39°49′8″N 86°10′21″W / 39.81889°N 86.1725°W / 39.81889; -86.1725
Area: 374 acres (151 ha)
Built: 1875
Architect: D.A. Bohlen; Adolf Scherrer
Architectural style: Late Victorian
Governing body: Private
NRHP Reference#:


Added to NRHP: February 28, 1973

Crown Hill Cemetery, located at 700 West 38th Street in Indianapolis, is the third largest non-governmental cemetery in the United States at 555 acres (225 ha). It contains 25 miles (40 km) of paved road, over 150 species of trees and plants, over 185,000 graves, and services roughly 1,500 burials per year. It sits on the highest geographic point within the pre-Unigov city limits of Indianapolis. Section 10 of the cemetery is designated as the Crown Hill National Cemetery.



Prior to the establishment of Crown Hill Cemetery, the primary cemetery in Indianapolis was the 25-acre (10 ha) Greenlawn Cemetery on the southwest side of the city. The demand placed on it by the normal demands of a growing city, along with the burials of both Union soldiers and Confederate prisoners of war resulting from the American Civil War prompted the creation of a private board in 1863 to develop a new and larger cemetery. The board bought a farm outside the city limits and hired John Chislett, who was a landscape architect and cemetery superintendent of Pittsburgh, to design the grounds. Chislett retained many of the natural features and laid out winding roads to create a landscape in the Victorian Romantic style.[2]

Crown Hill Cemetery was dedicated on June 1, 1864. The first burial took place the next day, on June 2, for a young mother named Lucy Ann Seaton, who had died of consumption.

Previously a private farm outside the city limits, Crown Hill Cemetery is a popular picnic location and today is well known for the stunning view of downtown Indianapolis from "The Crown."

Notable interments

Grave of James Whitcomb Riley


Crown Hill Cemetery is the largest refuge for animals in the city, including an estimated 300+ white-tailed deer. There are also numerous species of trees, each of which is marked with a number that corresponds to its scientific and common names.


There are many artworks on the property, some of which are free-standing but most of which are associated with a grave site.


See also

  • List of United States cemeteries


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ National Park Service.
  3. ^ Conn, Earl L. My Indiana:101 Places to See (Indiana Historical Society Press, 2006). pg.81

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