Montrose Cemetery & Crematorium
5400 N. Pulaski Road | Chicago, IL 60630
Family Owned and Operated Since 1902
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Montrose Cemetery was founded by Andrew Kircher in 1902. Today, it is still owned and operated by his descendants. At the turn of the century, Mr. Kircher had opened a funeral home in the heart of Chicago's German Town Community. Then in 1902, he decided to enter the Cemetery business by buying and developing what was then prairie land. This property was well on the outskirts of Chicago. His foresight and pioneer spirit proved Mr. Kircher to be a man of vision. The Landscape Gardener chosen to design the grounds at Montrose was O.C. Simonds & Co. They had been established as the best and most respected in the industry.
A Chapel graces the sixty
acre property. It was constructed in 1912. The
architect, Mr. Prather, worked closely with Mr. Kircher to
capture his dream. The design was to closely
copy the ancient buildings at the Acropolis in Athens,
Greece. It is on the twin, pillared porches that he
made accomodations for crypts. One enters the building
through double bronze doors. Inside, a small ante room
serves as an ashes niche room. From there one enters a
large, three-story main room which is graced with enormous
windows. Although Mr. Kircher had no way of knowing
that cremation would become so popular, he had two retorts
built into the chapel. Today there are three retorts
at Montrose Cemetery.
On December 30, 1903, fire swept through the brand new Iroquois Theater at Randolph and Dearborn, in Chicago. There were 602 casualties. Only one was buried at Montrose, a small girl. Five years later, when Mr. Kircher realized that no memorial had been erected to memorialize the tragedy, he took it upon himself to do so. Today, it is one of the most visited monuments at Montrose Cemetery.
Montrose Cemetery has always embraced a broad and diverse clientele. Mr. Kircher may have been of German heritage, but he always adhered to a policy of "Everyone is Welcome'". Today, that philosophy is still practiced and can be seen throughout the cemetery. Montrose remains a non-sectarian Cemetery. Among some of the cultures represented with us are Japanese, German, Assyrian, Serbian, Korean, Russian, Hispanic, Muslim and many more.
|Montrose Cemetery & Crematorium | 5400 N. Pulaski Road | Chicago, IL 60630 | 773-478-5400|