In addition to offering traditional ground internment of cremation remains, Bellefontaine has two columbaria – the open-air Lakeside Columbarium and the indoor Hotchkiss Chapel. A columbarium is a building or structure dedicated to holding cremated remains. Urns holding the remains are placed in niches within the columbarium.
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Designed by Eames and Young and completed in 1909, Hotchkiss Chapel was named in honor of the designer and first superintendent of Bellefontaine Cemetery, Almerin Hotchkiss. A complete renovation of the historic chapel was completed in 2009. A columbarium for cremated remains was added, and includes 600 wooden and glass niches. The chapel is available for memorial services before or after an interment.
Prices for niches at Hotchkiss Chapel range from $3,500 to $5,700, depending on wood versus glass fronts, and whether for one or two persons. Our staff can assist you in selecting cremation urns for placement in the niche.
Responding to the public’s increasing preference for cremation, Bellefontaine established its second cremation offering: Lakeside Columbarium. The Columbarium, set between Cascade and Cypress Lakes in Wildwood Valley, has a fountain, flowing pools, and an arbor with benches for contemplation. Niches are on the outside walls, overlooking the lakes, stream, and surrounding landscape. Prices for niches at Lakeside are $4,000 for a single right of interment, and $5,200 for two.