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About City Cemetery
South Bend City Cemetery, a 21.36-acre designed landscape is South Bend’s oldest cemetery, founded in 1832. City Cemetery is situated immediately west of the city’s downtown core, just northwest of the West Washington National Register District, added to the Register in 1975 and is about one mile southwest of the St. Joseph River. The trapezoid shaped site, a result of multiple expansions, contains approximately 14,800 burials. It is composed of lots that are of a regular grid pattern as well as an (1899) expansion of irregular and circular lots. These later meandering adways, in response to the little topographic variation, were designed to provide a variety of changing vistas.
The style of City Cemetery ranges from municipal to Lawn Park and includes veterans’ sections and a potter’s field. Characteristic of the lawn park movement of the late 19th century, the cemetery site combines a variety of three-dimensional stone types, as well as a wide variety of tree species. Today surrounded by an urban neighborhood, City Cemetery is a unique representation of this cemetery type rarely seen in a rapidly developing urban setting.
Heritage Tours are well-researched and provide interesting information about local buildings, sites and neighborhoods. They have been developed by the Historic Preservation Commission of St. Joseph County, the The History Museum and several other local organizations.
City Cemetery Entrance design
To enhance the cemetery’s appearance, several lots are being purchased in front of the cemetery. This new space will see a street renovation with approximately 10 parking spots in a small parking lot with an attached plaza and green space. These additions should not only help beautify the neighborhood, but also make it easier for guests to visit the cemetery. A major effort is also underway to restore damaged and aging headstones in the cemetery.
Headstone & Path Repairs design
To enhance the cemetery’s appearance and safety, headstones and pathways are being repaired.