West Laurel Hill Cemetery

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West Laurel Hill Cemetery
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West Laurel Hill Cemetery
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Location227 Belmont Ave., Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, US
Coordinates 40°0′53″N75°13′23″W / 40.01472°N 75.22306°W / 40.01472; -75.22306 Coordinates: 40°0′53″N75°13′23″W / 40.01472°N 75.22306°W / 40.01472; -75.22306
Built1869
ArchitectTrumbauer, Horace; Cope & Stewardson
Architectural styleClassical Revival, Beaux Arts, Gothic
NRHP reference No. 92000991 [1]
Added to NRHPAugust 14, 1992

West Laurel Hill Cemetery is a cemetery located in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, United States. It was founded in 1869 and is the site of many notable burials. The cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992 (#92000991). [2] West Laurel Hill was designed as a rural cemetery and is a "sister" institution to the Laurel Hill Cemetery nearby in Philadelphia.

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Technology

West Laurel Hill was the first cemetery to ever map its entire grounds on a smart phone device, enabling visitors to search and navigate to grave locations, and "access photos, video, text and other information." [3] Visitors can also use the app to navigate through tours of the cemetery and visit the grave sites of interesting and famous persons.

Jewish Sections and Services

The cemetery opened a designated Jewish section called Chesed Shel Emet in 2011. [4] It is building another Jewish section, Makom Shalom, which is slated to debut in 2022. [5] Its funeral home offers services consistent with Jewish burial and mourning traditions. [5]

Notable burials

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Cemetery in the Fall
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Sphinx on the Drake tomb
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Figure on Soulas tomb
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Entrance to the Widener tomb

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References

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Figure on the doorway of the Spink tomb
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