|4841 Canal Street|
Postal Code: 70119
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Privately owned and managed, very well maintained mausoleum at the northern end of Canal Street. The Hope Mausoleum/St. John Cemetery caretakers are not necessarily in support of this Findagrave listing, citing privacy and respect concerns. Please keep this in mind when calling or visiting.
Except for small portions along North Anthony and North Bernadotte Streets the Hope Mausoleum now completely surrounds the historical Saint John Cemetery. Though managed by the same company they are considered different entities and therefore listed separately on Find A Grave.
In 1929, a German immigrant, Victor Huber, bought the cemetery property from the Lutheran St. John congregation. 2 Years later he began constructing the mausoleum in one corner of the block, next to the cemetery, designed by his son Albert. The mausoleum also included Louisiana's first crematory. Over the following decades the Huber family and their descendants enlarged the mausoleum to its current size. Due to local ordinances it was impossible for the owners of the mausoleum to enlarge it onto St. John cemetery. Though by that time they manged both. Eventually Huber's family expanded the mausoleum in several stages along the perimeter of the cemetery, surrounding it almost completely. During the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 the mausoleum, like other structures in New Orleans, was damaged. Water stood as high as 4 feet inside the mausoleum for several weeks, leaving behind a permanent discoloration of the marble on the mausoleum's first floor. As usual all elevators had been "parked" on the ground floor. They too were severely damaged.
As of 2014 only a few burial spots are left inside the mausoleum, which now houses the remains of over 20,000 individuals inside the 2-story marble structure with a maze of hallways. Inside the mausoleum there are four mosaics of the seasons and great artistry is shown within the many stained glass windows. The exterior is granite and sandstone, the interior is completely covered in white and brown marble. Columns are not numbered in succession, so finding a specific column can be difficult.
Entrance to the front building is from Canal Street, to get to the back building, on must cross St. Johns Cemetery. As marble is used throughout the entire structure, the ground floor remains quite cool. The second floor gets pretty hot during the summer months, leading to a quick mummification of the corpses.
Hope Mausoleum also contains the remains of several individuals relocated from the Girod Street Cemetery in 1957, which rest in crypt 1083-A. There are also 15 headstones, which were rescued from Girod Street Cemetery and are now on display on the outside of the mausoleum.