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Laurel Hill, designed in 1836 by John Notman, is the first cemetery in the United States to be honored as a National Historic Landmark. Our iconic Gatehouse at Laurel Hill East is the last remaining original building in the cemetery and serves to symbolize thousands of significant stories and legacies behind the gravestones, monuments, and landscape in its midst.

Rehabilitation of the historic Gatehouse began on May 3, 2024, with a commencement celebration. All tours and events will continue as scheduled throughout construction and our offices remain open for visitors. The Gatehouse rehabilitation, which will completed next spring, represents another milestone in the stewardship of Laurel Hill as a resource for generations to come.

Laurel Hill is grateful for support from the Historic Preservation Fund of the National Park Service, Department of the Interior; The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program Grant; and the William B. Dietrich Foundation.

This material was produced with assistance from the Historic Preservation Fund, administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior under Grant Number P22AP02269-00. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed on this page are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Interior.

Mausoleum of Peace

Laurel Hill is embarking on an exciting new project to expand and beautify the Mausoleum of Peace area of Laurel Hill West. The expansion project will include an additional 75 new crypt spaces as well as 225 new cremation niches. In addition to the new available cemetery property, the project will also transform the grounds around the Mausoleum of Peace into a peaceful woodland sanctuary with waking paths and lush gardens that will highlight its architecture.

There may be times when areas will be inaccessible when visiting your loved one or accessibility may require you to enter over uneven ground. Construction of the entire project will occur over the course of the next year, with completion anticipated in Spring 2025. Please visit this page for updates on the progress of yet another milestone improvement for Laurel Hill.