Established in 1841, Woodland Cemetery is one of the historic gems of Dayton, Ohio. Many important figures and their families are buried there including the Wright Brothers’ Family, National Cash Register founder John Patterson, poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, and inventor of the electric self starter and co-founder of DELCO, Charles Kettering. The 1889 Administration Building and Chapel are national historic structures, and the scenic Woodland grounds are a national historic landscape.
The goal of this project is to return the chapel, which features an original Tiffany stained glass and ceramic tile, to use for ceremonies and services. An addition to the Administration Building will provide office space for the sales force, who have been located in the chapel for years. A new more prominent entrance will provide access this space.
The courtyard is redesigned to draw people to the entrance, and will include a formal entrance, canopy, and water feature. The water feature that will incorporate a historic sculpture that originally stood at the front entrance, and matches a sculpture located at the Waldo St. Entrance. The courtyard will also provide an attractive and comfortable gathering place for regular Woodland historic tours.