Program Meets Needs for Rising Cremation Trends

Lakewood Cemetery Breaks Ground on New Mausoleum

05.17.10

Construction has begun on Lakewood Garden Mausoleum in Minneapolis's historic Lakewood Cemetery. Designed Joan M. Soranno, FAIA, vice president and design principal with HGA Architects and Engineers, the 24,000-square-foot, two-level Mausoleum provides options for cremation and crypt entombment in a state-of-the-art building that embraces Lakewood's architectural legacy and landscaping while offering a contemplative interior experience.

"Lakewood's new mausoleum is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for an architect," Soranno says. "This building is not only significant to Lakewood, but to architecture on a national level. Many American funerary buildings are constructed using a template and look very similar to each other. I commend Lakewood for commissioning a unique design, one that is powerful and sophisticated, and truly considers the experience of the visitor."