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Gardner Earl Memorial Chapel & Crematorium

 
 
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Inscription.
Gardner Earl Memorial
Chapel And Crematorium

Has Been Designated A
National Historic Landmark

This Site Possesses National Significance in Commemorating The History of The United States of America

Built Between 1888 and 1889, This Memorial to Cremation Advocate Gardner Earl Is The Most Architecturally and Technologically Sophisticated of the Nation's Early Public Crematoria. Its Elegant Ceremonial Chapel Affirmed Cremation as an Alternative to Traditional Burials

National Park Service

United States Department of the Interior

Designated 2012


 
Erected 2012 by National Park Service Department of the Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 42° 45.319′ N, 73° 40.283′ W. Marker is in Troy, New York, in Rensselaer County. Marker can be reached from Oakwood Road. Touch for map. The marker is on the south side of the building beside the base of the bell tower in Oakwood Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Troy NY 12182, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William Henry Freeman
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(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Third Street Burial Grounds, 1824 (about 600 feet away); Historic Oakwood Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); George Henry Thomas (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Peter's Cemetery (approx. ¼ mile away); Warren Family Mortuary Chapel: 1861 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Major General John Ellis Wool (approx. 0.4 miles away); San Francisco Giants (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Troy.
 
Regarding Gardner Earl Memorial Chapel & Crematorium. Oakwood Cemetery is a non-sectarian not-for-profit cemetery located in Troy, NY and widely known as the final resting place of "Uncle Sam" Wilson. Founded in 1848, the still active cemetery is designed and maintained as a rural park-like setting with hundreds of acres of both wooded and open space, 10-12 miles of winding roads and several beautiful ponds and waterfalls. The Gardner Earl Memorial Chapel & Crematorium is the crown jewel of Oakwood Cemetery.

William S. Earl, married Hannah M. Gardner, the boss's daughter,
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and with their national collar and cuffs manufacturing firm, Earl & Wilson, the prominent business owners became very wealthy. Their only child, son Gardner Earl, born in 1849, was apparently sickly from an early age. He was well enough to do the Grand Tour in Europe in the early 1880’s. He was impressed with the cremation methods used in Italy, and when he came home wrote out a legal document stating his wish to be cremated (which was not common at that time.) When he died in March, 1887, his parents took his body to Buffalo by train to be cremated, since there was no crematory in eastern New York. On their return, they made the decision to fund the building of the Earl Chapel and Crematory as a memorial to their son. In 1887 Albert Fuller, a well-known architect in Albany, of the Fuller & Wheeler firm, designed the chapel, which was constructed in 1888-89, and opened to the public in 1889.

The Gardner Earl Memorial Chapel & Crematorium was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on February 25, 2004, and more recently designated a National Historic Landmark on March 2, 2012
 
Also see . . .
1. Bella Morte - GARDNER EARL CREMATORIUM & COLUMBARIUM (Oakwood Cemetery). (Submitted on May 7, 2016, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
2. National Historic Landmark Form. (Submitted on May 10, 2016, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
 
Additional keywords.
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Oakwood Cemetery
 
Categories. ArchitectureCemeteries & Burial SitesChurches, Etc.
 
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By John Storer Cobb, circa 1901
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This•Chapel•and•Crematorium
Erected•In•Memory•of
Gardner•Earl
By•His•Parents
William Spencer Earl 1823 - 1905
His•Wife Hannah•M. Earl 1825-1910
Their•Son Gardner Earl 1849 - 1887
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These are the construction dates, at the base of the bell tower;
Erection Begun 1888 - Building Completed 1890
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 7, 2016, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 205 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 7, 2016, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.   6, 7. submitted on May 12, 2016, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.   8. submitted on May 7, 2016, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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