This crematory is the oldest in the United States. It was designed by Francis Le-Moyne (see WS6) and built to his specifications by John Dye. Measuring 20 × 30 feet, the three-bay, gable-roofed, brick building with the simplest of ornament sits at the top of Gallows Hill. The extra chimney on the east elevation reveals the building's purpose, as does the 6 × 10–foot oven above the coke-fired furnace, which reaches ceiling height in the cremation room on the east side. The reception room on the west side contains much of the furniture used in Le-Moyne's time. A total of forty-one private cremations were performed in the building before it was permanently closed in 1901. Le-Moyne was cremated here in 1879 and is buried nearby.
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