Opening Soon! New Community Mausoleum- Mary Immaculate, Patroness of America at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery

Posted on April 19, 2017 by Jennifer Mele under Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery
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The new community Mausoleum, Mary Immaculate, Patroness of America, currently under construction at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Niskayuna is nearing completion and will be opening in the Summer of 2017. The decision to build was made to better serve the families of Schenectady County because of dwindling inventory and lack of preferred side by side or in & over crypt types. The mausoleum is in the front of the Cemetery and fits in with the residential neighborhood, designed with an Adirondack theme.

The mausoleum is in the style of famed local architect and conservationist Paul Schaefer. Paul was born in September of 1908 and was raised along the Mohawk River in Schenectady. Paul died in 1996 at the age of 87 and was well known for designing rustic buildings that blend well with the natural environment. Paul designed and built several hundred homes in the Schenectady area, including his own a stone structure at 897 St. David’s Lane which is now owned by Union College. Schaefer was recognized in 1998 by Audubon magazine as one of the nation’s 100 top conservationists of the twentieth century.

The mausoleum was designed by Karl Griffith of Griffith Dardanelli Architects PC of Schenectady, who designed the current office building at Most Holy Redeemer. When complete, the structure will be reminiscent of an Adirondack Lodge. Wood will be used in the interior and exterior detailing, and crypt fronts will be in green & gold tones. The building will have a soaring vaulted ceiling and expansive windows, one containing stained glass art work depicting the Tree of Life with the Risen Christ. Art work depicting Saints will be featured on four of the interior walls and beneath each will be a Bible passage which will be available for Artwork Memorialization.

The mausoleum’s large stained glass window depicting the Tree of Life with the Risen Christ was created by Conrad Pickel Studio, Inc. of Florida. Because of it’s large size, 16’ X 18’, the crafters had to rent a gym to work in! The company has created stained glass works for many of the finest churches, cathedrals and cemeteries. One commission, the Resurrection Mausoleum in Chicago, IL, is the world’s largest stained glass window according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Our stained glass window isn’t going to be quite as big. The window was designed to “achieve a dignified beautiful atmosphere and to harmonize with the architecture”.

The studio also created 2 mosaics and a wood carving of Saints. The mosaics were created at the associate studio in Italy. Each one is 4’ X 8’, an image of the Immaculate Conception, and Immaculate Heart of Mary.  Italian artists hand selected, cut, and glued each of the brilliant colored tiles called smalti that reflect light. The beautiful wood carving depicts the Madonna and Child.

Hudson Valley iconographer and artist Christine Simoneau Hales created two 8’ x 4’ icon panels, painted in a Byzantine color scheme of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha and Saint Isaac Jogues. Christine’s work is also featured in American Saints Mausoleum at St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands.

The mausoleum’s exterior will be faced with a combination of brick and cement board siding, which has the look of wood.

The building is on the right side of the Cemetery entrance road, in line with the Cemetery office, and can be viewed from Troy Rd. It will contain 992 crypt spaces and 704 niches spaces.

The mausoleum is being built by Coldspring Memorial of Coldspring, Minnesota.

Call today to speak to a Family Service Representative about special limited time incentives: (518) 374-5319.

Click here to view photos of the construction process and artwork.

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