Located at 5800 N. Ravenswood Avenue on what was originally Hiram Roe’s Farm is Chicago’s largest cemetery. The City of Chicago had been after Hiram’s farmland for a long time, but he refused to sell unless the city promised to build a cemetery and name it after him. They agreed, but city clerks misspelled the name and the result was Rosehill Cemetery instead of Roe’s Hill Cemetery. I believe there was some underhandedness taking place back in 1864.
Sitting on the bank of the Chicago River adjoining Ronan Park is a handsome building that could easily be mistaken for the park’s field house. The graceful art deco structure appears quite elegant and inviting, particularly when viewed from the nearby Lawrence Avenue bridge.
Many phenomenal architects have left their mark in the world, leaving amazing structures and spaces that fascinate us. The designing, planning, construction, and masonry leaves us in awe, but what leaves me in awe more is the intimate view of that final resting place and space.
My first article in a new series of final resting places is about Graceland Cemetery located 4001 N. Clark Street, which opened in 1860.