Trinity Cemetery and Mausoleum was founded in 1842 by the parish of Trinity Church Wall Street. It was opened after burials could no longer be performed at Trinity’s historic cemeteries in Lower Manhattan, Trinity Churchyard and St. Paul’s Churchyard.
The cemetery grounds, overlooking the Hudson River, were originally laid out by renowned architect James Renwick Jr. This was his first commission. Mr. Renwick is known for designing St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Smithsonian Institution’s most iconic building, the Castle.
Trinity Cemetery and Mausoleum, the only active mausoleum in Manhattan, features a modern community mausoleum complex.
The complex was added to the historic cemetery in 1980. Today it continues to offer affordable options for the interment of cremated remains in our niches or casketed entombment in our crypts to people of all faiths.
The historic cemetery provides a timeless memorial honoring many influential New Yorkers. Politicians, artists, writers, architects, musicians, and many others from all walks of life. Come for a visit and take a self-guided walking tour. Wandering the grounds, visitors will find numerous examples of 19th and early 20th century funerary sculpture and architecture.
Trinity Cemetery and Mausoleum has served an incredible diversity of people who today find their final resting places alongside many notable New Yorkers, including John James Audubon, John Jacob Astor, Mayor Edward I. Koch, and Governor John Adams Dix.
Prior to the founding of the cemetery, the grounds were also the site of the Battle of Fort Washington. During the Revolutionary War, the Continental Army constructed a line of defenses called the Middle Redoubt that extended from the Hudson to the Harlem River. They attempted to hold it against a southern assault by the British, but were eventually out-flanked by troops crossing the Harlem River. They were forced to retreat to Fort Washington, which fell a short time later.
Today, Trinity Cemetery and Mausoleum offers families a place for quiet reflection and remembrance in Manhattan. Located near the border of Hamilton Heights and Washington Heights on Manhattan’s upper west side, the cemetery is easy to visit by subway, bus, or car and offers on-site parking.
The renowned naturalist and artist John James Audubon’s burial vault lies within the Easterly Division of the cemetery under this 25-foot Celtic cross.
Audubon’s estate, Minnie’s Land, was just north of the cemetery at what is now known as Audubon Terrace, the home of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Hispanic Society of America.
Surrounded by beautiful gardens, the Audubon Garden section of the community mausoleum offers both crypts and niches of modern architecture.
The cemetery is also the center of the Heritage Rose District of New York City. Heritage roses are varieties that have been around for centuries. Many of them are no longer commercially available and in many cases, nearly extinct. Several of our plants are grown from cuttings of some of the last known shrubs in existence. Others are grown from plants that have been shared by generations of gardeners. The cemetery was chosen as the site to re-establish the varieties because of the many notable rose breeders and enthusiasts who are interred on the grounds including George Folliott Harison, Dr. David Hosack, Daniel Boll, Eliza Jumel, and Richard F. Carman. The best time to visit our truly rare roses is from Memorial Day through mid-June. Learn more.
Trinity Cemetery and Mausoleum provides a peaceful and quiet setting for remembering, honoring, and memorializing loved ones of all faiths in Manhattan.
Crypts are interment spaces for full body casketed remains. Crypts come in various sizes that can hold from one to five caskets.
Cemetery counselors are available to help find the right interment space for you and your family. The Riverview Mausoleum offers family crypts for two, three, four or five entombments.
Our Chapel of the Resurrection offers single and double crypts as well as glass niches for cremated remains. The Chapel is available for funeral services and seats 30 people.
Our elegant glass niches offer the opportunity to personalize a space reflecting a loved one’s life. This includes a nameplate and two other items.
For those selecting cremation, our columbaria provide both indoor and outdoor niches for the placement of urns, including companion niches for placing two urns in the same niche.
Our community crypts have spaces to place between four and eight caskets but the spaces are reserved individually, in which family members and members of the community may share the same crypt. These spaces are our most affordable entombment option.
Our St. Francis Memorial is our most affordable option for cremated remains. Unlike scattering ashes in a scatter garden or commingling them in an ossuary, remains committed to the St. Francis Memorial remain in their individual urn. Multiple urns are collectively stored in a large crypt. The decedent’s name can be added to our Memorial Plaque.
Special memorialization can be added to the fronts of many of our crypts and niches. Vases with flowers and small pictures known as cameos can be ordered through the cemetery office.
“Give Rest, O God, to your servants and your saints”