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For almost 100 years, we’ve been caring for loved ones, and for their families in our unique memorial park setting.

A totally different kind of cemetery, celebrating architecture, gardens, art and the living.

For the Living

The idea was simple, yet visionary and even somewhat radical for its time: The ideal cemetery should be inspired by life, not shaped by death. It should be a place for the living - a place of beauty and affirmation.

White Chapel Cemetery is for the living

And so it was that the founders of White Chapel Cemetery - led by Clarence J. Sanger - set out to build a totally different kind of cemetery, and forever change the cold, forbidding 'graveyard' standard to which people had long been subjected.

Mr. Sanger envisioned a lovely park-like setting with lush greenery, rolling, landscaped lawns and majestic trees - an environment alive with the beauty of nature, reflecting the recurring miracle of the seasons, and serving to renew mankind's faith in eternity.

White Chapel Cemetery sign and entrance

The Ultimate in Architectural Beauty and Design

He traveled extensively, gathering ideas. Upon his return stateside, he called in the esteemed architect, Alvin Harley, and outlined his vision. When Mr. Harley and his colleagues submitted their preliminary sketches, Mr. Sanger announced, "Gentlemen, I like your ideas. But I want the finished project to cost twice as much. White Chapel must be the ultimate."

White Chapel Cemetery sketches

The First

And so it remains today, an achievement unsurpassed anywhere for its visionary concept and awe-inspiring execution. White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery was the first memorial park cemetery established in the United States east of California. It truly is one of the most beautiful creations of its kind in America.