Woodlawn Cemetery (Bronx, New York)

Woodlawn Cemetery

Main office building
Location Webster Avenue and East 233rd Street
Woodlawn, The Bronx, The Bronx
Coordinates 40°53′21″N 73°52′24″W / 40.88917°N 73.87333°W / 40.88917; -73.87333Coordinates: 40°53′21″N 73°52′24″W / 40.88917°N 73.87333°W / 40.88917; -73.87333
NRHP Reference # 11000563
Significant dates
Added to NRHP June 23, 2011
Designated NHL June 23, 2011
Jerome Avenue gate

Woodlawn Cemetery is one of the largest cemeteries in New York City and is a designated National Historic Landmark. Located in Woodlawn, Bronx, New York City , it has the character of a rural cemetery. Woodlawn Cemetery opened in 1863,[1] in what was then southern Westchester County, in an area that would be annexed to New York City in 1874.[2] It is notable in part as the final resting place of some great figures in the American arts, such as authors Countee Cullen and Herman Melville, and musicians Irving Berlin, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, W. C. Handy, and Max Roach.[3][4] Holly Woodlawn, after changing her name to such, falsely told people she was the heiress to Woodlawn Cemetery.

Locale and grounds

The Cemetery covers more than 400 acres (160 ha)[1] and is the resting place for more than 300,000 people. It is also the site of the "Annie Bliss Titanic Memorial", dedicated to those who perished in the 1912 maritime disaster. Built on rolling hills, its tree-lined roads lead to some unique memorials, some designed by famous American architects: McKim, Mead & White, John Russell Pope, James Gamble Rogers, Cass Gilbert, Carrère and Hastings, Sir Edwin Lutyens, Beatrix Jones Farrand, and John La Farge. The cemetery contains seven Commonwealth war graves six British and Canadian servicemen of World War I and an airman of the Royal Canadian Air Force of World War II.[5] In 2011, Woodlawn Cemetery was designated a National Historic Landmark, since it shows the transition from the rural cemetery popular at the time of its establishment to the more orderly 20th-century cemetery style.[6]

As of 2007, plot prices at Woodlawn were reported as $200 per square foot, $4,800 for a gravesite for two, and up to $1.5 million for land to build a family mausoleum.[7]

Burials moved to Woodlawn

Woodlawn was the destination for many human remains disinterred from cemeteries in more densely populated parts of New York City:[8]

Notable burials






















Image gallery

See also


  1. 1 2 "A National Historic Landmark". The Woodlawn Cemetery. Retrieved November 17, 2013.
  2. Jackson, Kenneth T. (1995). Encyclopedia of the City of New York. New Haven & New York: Yale University Press.
  3. "Notable People". Woodlawn Cemetery. Retrieved April 4, 2015.
  4. Cooper, Rebecca (March 14, 2003). "Neighborhoods: Close-Up on Woodlawn". Village Voice. Archived from the original on June 20, 2006.
  5. "Find War Dead" Commonwealth War Graves Commission. WGC Cemetery Report. Retrieved November 17, 2013.
  6. "National Register of Historic Places listings; July 22, 2011". National Park Service. July 22, 2011. Retrieved July 25, 2011.
  7. Tom Van Riper, America's Most Expensive Cemeteries, Forbes.com, October 26, 2007
  8. Inskeep, Carolee (1998). The Graveyard Shift: A Family Historian's Guide to New York City Cemeteries. Ancestry Publishing. p. xii. ISBN 0-916489-89-2.
  9. "Forgotten Cemeteries of Inwood".
  10. "Staats/States Dyckman biography". New York State Museum.
  11. 1 2 3 4 Brady, Emily (February 25, 2007). "Amid the Gravestones, a Final Love Song". The New York Times.
  12. "Norman B. Ream's Funeral". The Wall Street Journal. February 12, 1915. p. 8. Retrieved August 29, 2015 via Newspapers.com.
  13. "Norman Bruce Ream". Chicago Daily Tribune. February 14, 1915. p. 3. Retrieved August 29, 2015 via Newspapers.com.

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