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The Abandoned Chapel in Mt. Hope Cemetery

January 7th, 2010, Promulgated by Gen

I had heard people talk of the simple splendor and hidden majesty of “that old chapel in the cemetery.” Well, when waiting for a train back to Albany, I decided to trek down to Mt. Hope Cemetery and explore the old chapel. I was exceedingly thrilled that the lock on the front door of the chapel was broken, so I was easily able to squeeze into the building. It was undeniably transcendent.

I have 90 more photos of the interior, so please don’t hesitate to ask for them. Just email Feel free to ask questions in the comment box. The background of the building is rooted in Rochester history. When the cemetery was growing, the city decided that a more permanent chapel should be erected, to replace the smaller one which had begun to show its age. This was in the later-half of the 1800’s. The chapel was used to funerals and memorial services until the 70’s, I am told, when it was just left to rot. However, the president’s stimulus package sent a hefty sum of money to the City of Rochester to restore (not renovate, restore) the chapel to its former glory.



2 Responses to “The Abandoned Chapel in Mt. Hope Cemetery”

  1. Anonymous says:


    The text is hard to read though, could that be fixed?

  2. Gen says:

    No, not really. It's just "fluff," though – it's not integral. Perhaps you can try going full screen. That should help.

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