Preserving historic community assets, while improving visitor experience and providing for long term sustainability of this iconic landmark were all important elements in this complex master plan.
Established in 1847, Hollywood Cemetery is not only a national historic landmark and the final resting place of two U.S. (and one Confederate) presidents, it’s also one of Richmond’s favorite places. In the early 1990’s, however, the Cemetery was quickly running out of space for traditional burials. The Cemetery turned to Quinn Evans to create new burial options as well as to preserve important historic features and find creative ways to share this important, beautiful resource with the wider community.
The original master plan identified over 10,000 new burial opportunities by reclaiming unused roads and paths and by providing new burial options in mausoleums, columbaria and memorial scatter gardens. In the process, has also worked with the Cemetery to restore and preserve many notable features of the landscape as well as to design compatible new spaces for a variety of uses.
The most visible of these improvements was the restoration of Presidents Circle. That project replaced worn dirt paths leading to the gravesites of Presidents James Monroe and John Tyler with granite cobbles, restored stone curbs, walls and monuments; added parking, and created over 500 new burial opportunities in cremation niches lining the walks. The project was an immediate success, as the Cemetery saw an immediate increase in visitors and corresponding interest in the history of the entire facility.