Hazelwood Cemetery Visioning Project

May 11, 2017 | Branden Schwab

Eight students from Drury University’s Hammons School of Architecture, including Springfield Creatives Mentor Network members Savanna Wilkinson and Micaela Lopez, presented their vision for Springfield’s historic Hazelwood Cemetery (1642 E. Seminole Street, near the Springfield National Cemetery) to a group of community members, neighborhood residents, local historians, library patrons and interested citizens² at the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library‘s Community Room on Tuesday evening, May 9th.

photo by Anne Mauldin

In collaboration with the University of Missouri-Extension, the City of Springfield and more than 40 community members and industry professionals, students participating in Drury University’s Center for Community Studies at the Hammons School of Architecture surveyed existing conditions and stakeholder concerns before developing a comprehensive master plan and vision that addresses future use, mounting concerns about access and deferred maintenance, as well as issues related to sustainability, preservation, memorializing the past, and celebrating life.

Micaela Lopez explains the spatial qualities of a proposed Meditative Cairn, a space created by dry stacking native stones in a swirling dome formation. The space provides visitors to the cemetery with a moment of private reflection and tranquility. Photo by Anne Mauldin.

The presentation included numerous presentation boards, a scale model, and a compelling video walk-thru of a rendered 3D environment prepared by students using Lumion. Professors Jay Garrott (Drury HSA) and Jeff Barber (MU Extension) moderated the dialogue between students, the citizen advisory committee, and city staff.


Through the summer, the citizen advisory committee and city staff will continue to oversee development of the plan, which is scheduled to be presented this October when the historic Hazelwood Cemetery commemorates its 150th anniversary¹. Covering more than 60 acres and 44,000 grave spaces, Hazelwood is the largest municipal cemetery in the state of Missouri. Notable graves include that of Springfield’s founder, John Polk Campbell, Route 66 visionary John T. Woodruff, and composer Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Suspect that someone you know (or know of) has been laid to rest at Hazelwood Cemetery, but not sure exactly where? You can Find A Grave by searching the 23,137 interments listed. Be sure to check out the Success Stories for examples of how others like you have reconnected with their past and heritage.




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