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Mount Lebanon Cemetery - Memorial Chapel

Mount Lebanon Cemetery - Memorial Chapel

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Published by Andrea Gillhoolley
The Memorial Chapel, of Gothic style, was 50 feet in length, 34 feet in width, 16 feet in height at the walls, and included a 24 foot-high arched ceiling. Two towers were positioned at its north end and a steeple at the south
The Memorial Chapel, of Gothic style, was 50 feet in length, 34 feet in width, 16 feet in height at the walls, and included a 24 foot-high arched ceiling. Two towers were positioned at its north end and a steeple at the south

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The Memorial Chapel
No garden cemetery would be considered complete without a chapel. The chapel often formed the focal point of the cemetery design. It was often used as a place for holding a religious service before the interment.The idea of a chapel for the Mount Lebanon Cemetery had been proposed almost from its beginnings. Philip Fisherand Joseph Bowman presented their plan for a chapel in late March of 1875. It was agreed by the board of managers that the chapel would be built on the orig
inal proposed plot based on Adam Grittinger’s cemetery plan
of 1869. Within two months, plans for staking off the grounds had begun. And, appropriate ceremonies were heldon Saturday, May 29, for the purpose of laying the cornerstone. The ceremony included the delivery of theinvocation by the Rev. J. Max, reading of the scripture by the Rev. D. Eberly, prayer by the Rev. Stevens, and themain address by the Rev. F. W. Kremer. Rev. Dr. Johnston laid the cornerstone and the Rev. A. M. Abel closed theceremony with the of the Apostles Creed.A large crowd was anticipated for the official dedication ceremony to be held on Sunday, June 4, 1876. However,
heavy rains that began at noon continued until past two o’clock and prev
ented hundreds from participating in thishallmark event. Attendees of the event heard the invocation and scripture reading by Rev. Sands and the mainaddress delivered by the Rev. Dr. T. S. Johnston.The Memorial Chapel, of Gothic style, was 50 feet in length, 34 feet in width, 16 feet in height at the walls, andincluded a 24 foot-high arched ceiling. Two towers were positioned at its north end and a steeple at the southend, which commanded a view of the city and the Cornwall Hills beyond. Sitting on a foundation of sandstone, thebrick structure was painted lead in color. Its lower windows were of white glass with
a “pretty” oval design of 
redand blue glass.
Its interior walls were painted white with an arched ceiling “neat in design.” Thirty benc
hes,stained brown, were arranged in two orderly rows that provided an abundant of seats for a crowd of mourners.The chapel floor was left bare as to permit it to be cleaned when necessary. Above the altar, also painted in white,was
the scripture, “I am the resurrection and the life.” In front of the altar
was a locally-made Miller & Co. organ.The chapel was the memorial gift of Fisher and Bowman. And, its origin arose from the desire of the twogentlemen to erect some suitable monument to their beloved departed. Its purpose was defined by theinscriptions that appeared in marble in front of the completed building.In Memoriam,Veronica Bowmanwife of Joseph Bowman,daughter of Daniel and BarbaraForrerBorn May 9, 1801,Died July 26, 1873,aged 72 years, 2 months and 17 days.Departed but not lostOnly gone beforeAwaiting
the loved one’s yet over
 This side of the river,We weep, though not in bitterness,Ours are not tears of gloom,No thoughts but those of tendernessShall glisten round her tomb.In MemoriamTheodore D. Fisher, A. M.an only son and the only child of 

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