The Tower of Memories is a mausoleum located at Crown Hill Cemetery in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA. It is listed on National Register of Historic Places in Jefferson County, Colorado. The building was designed with Gothic detailing by Charles A. Smith in 1926. Unfortunately, the construction project was delayed by factors including World War II, but in 1948, the architect John Monroe was hired to complete the building.
The Tower of Memories is a seven story building (158 feet tall) and is located down the center driveway of the Crown Hill Cemetery at 29th Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard. Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary & Cemetery was originally envisioned by George W. Olinger, who created the Crown Hill Cemetery Association, and purchased 180 acres of farm land outside of Denver Colorado. The Crown Hill Cemetery itself opened in December 1907, but it wasn’t until 1926 that the construction on the historic Tower of Memories mausoleum was started.
Between 1890 and 1907 the population of Denver nearly doubled, nearing 213,000. With the increase of residents came an additional need for the services of local end-of-life providers. The mausoleum, a crematorium across the street, burial insurance, planning services and Olinger Crown Hill Cemetery & Arboretum, became important businesses for the community.
Many notable people, Colorado pioneers, veterans and civic leaders, along with many residents of the area now rest within the grounds of the 240 acres of Crown Hill. Here you will find a plot of Spanish-American War and Civil War gravestones, and a local entrepreneur known to many people – Adolph Coors. You can see his obelisk grave, which is a smaller version of the Washington Monument. Another notable Colorado resident is George Tebeau, the father of Colorado Denver Bears baseball.
The Tower of Memories and the Crown Hill Cemetery is on the border of Lakewood and Wheat Ridge and may be visited during daylight hours and the Crown Hill Park which resides behind the Tower of Memories (to the west) is the site of a quiet and restful walking path and lake.
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