Rosehill Cemetery

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Rosehill Cemetery Administration Building and Entry Gate
Main entrance of Rosehill Cemetery
Rosehill Cemetery is located in Illinois
Rosehill Cemetery
Location 5800 N. Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago, Illinois
Coordinates 41°59′13″N 87°40′45″W / 41.98694°N 87.67917°W / 41.98694; -87.67917Coordinates: 41°59′13″N 87°40′45″W / 41.98694°N 87.67917°W / 41.98694; -87.67917
Area 141 ha (350 acres)
Built 1864
Architect William W. Boyington
Architectural style Other
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 75000651
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 24, 1975[1]
Designated CL October 16, 1980

Rosehill Cemetery is a Victorian era cemetery on the North Side of Chicago, Illinois, USA, and at 350 acres (1.4 km2), is the largest cemetery in the City of Chicago. The name "Rosehill" resulted from a City Clerk's error – the area was previously called "Roe's Hill", named for nearby farmer Hiram Roe. He refused to sell his land to the city until it was promised that the cemetery be named in his honor.[2]

Rosehill's Joliet-limestone entrance gate was designed by William W. Boyington, the architect of the Chicago Water Tower and the Old University of Chicago, who is buried in Rosehill. The Rosehill Cemetery Administration Building and Entry Gate was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1975.[1]

Like its sister cemetery Graceland, Rosehill is the burial place of many well-known Chicagoans. The cemetery contains many monuments that are notable for their beauty and eccentricity, such as that of Lulu Fellows.[3]

Several graves from the old City Cemetery, originally located in what is now Lincoln Park were relocated to Rosehill. Some of the gravestones and monuments were also moved to Rosehill Cemetery and can be seen.

In film[edit]

Rosehill was featured in the film Next of Kin.

Notable burials[edit]

Monument to the Confederate dead (early 20th-century postcard)


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ "Revisiting Roe's Hill and Our Shoreline". 
  3. ^ Matt Hucke (2010). "Rosehill Cemetery and Mausoleum: Lulu Fellows". Retrieved 2015-08-25. 
  4. ^ "Rosehill Cemetery and Mausoleum: Darius Miller". Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Curse of King Tut". Gravely Speaking. January 9, 2013. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Thomas Edwin Greenfield Ransom". Retrieved 2015-08-25. 
  7. ^ "Ira G. Rawn, 20 Jul 1910". FamilySearch. "Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878–1922," index. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 

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