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Laurel Hill Receives Funding for Historic Gatehouse Renovations

PHILADELPHIA (May 2022) – Laurel Hill Cemetery has been awarded a $500,000 Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to support renovations to the historic gatehouse at Laurel Hill Cemetery. The Commonwealth’s grant program is administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects.

Designed in 1836 by architect John Notman (who is also buried at Laurel Hill), the gatehouse is the sole extant building on the cemetery’s 78-acre property. It currently houses the site’s museum, archives, welcome center, gift shop and office space. Thousands pass under its iconic arch every year to explore Laurel Hill, the first cemetery in the nation to be designated as a National Historic Landmark.

“As stewards of this remarkable historic property, we are grateful to the State, our elected officials, and to all who supported our grant application,” said Nancy A. Goldenberg, President & CEO of Laurel Hill Cemetery Company. “As a site of enormous civic value, this grant will enable Laurel Hill Cemetery to undertake much need improvements and more effectively serve the growing demand for its use.”

About Laurel Hill & West Laurel Hill Cemeteries

Laurel Hill Cemetery and West Laurel Hill Cemetery & Funeral Home are privately owned, non-denominational organizations located in Philadelphia and Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. Together, the organizations are dedicated to three pillars – Eternal Rest, Recreation and Civic Value – that sustain the cemeteries and serve the community. The Friends of Laurel Hill & West Laurel Cemeteries is a nonprofit membership organization that works with the cemeteries in preserving, protecting, and promoting their historic character. To learn more about the cemeteries and the Friends, visit www.thelaurelhillcemetery.org and www.westlaurelhill.com

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