Row of Crypts at Metairie Cemetery
Beautiful Metairie Cemetery was entered in the National Register of Historic Places on December 6, 1991. It was given this honor in recognition of its stature as the burial place of many famous people and the home to breathtaking aboveground family mausoleums, tombs and monuments. These magnificent memorials, made of marble, granite and brick, testify to the dignity and significance of all those who are buried there.
The grounds of Metairie Cemetery originally held a race track that was quite popular in its heyday. The oval outline of the Metairie Race Course, built in 1838, can still be seen in the cemetery today. But the ravages of the Civil War and Reconstruction caused the race track to falter and on May 25, 1872, the land was converted into a cemetery, owned by the Metairie Cemetery Association.
McCann Family Mausoleum featuring beautiful stained-glass and statues
In 2003, Metairie Cemetery was named by Forbes.com as one of the ten best cemeteries due to its unique historical significance and beauty. At Lake Lawn Metairie, we have always taken great pride in the serenity and distinctive elegance of this very special place. This honor is a reflection of our deep commitment to preserve the memories of those entrusted to our care.
Louis Prima's marble crypt features a statue of Gabriel, the trumpeter-angel. The inscription on the crypt doors are lyrics from Prima's well known song 'Just a Gigolo'.
'When the end comes, I know, they'll all say 'just a gigolo' as life goes on without me. Lovingly, your little family...'
Metairie Cemetery is the final resting place of numerous famous and revered people, including nine governors of the state of Louisiana; seven mayors of New Orleans; and three Confederate generals—including P.G.T. Beauregard and Richard 'Dick' Taylor, son of U.S. President Zachary Taylor. Jefferson Davis, the only president of the Confederate States of America, was entombed here temporarily after his death in New Orleans in 1889. Louis Prima, the world-famous singer and entertainer, is also buried here.
Part of 'Millionaires' Row', the Brunswig Mausoleum stands out and features a prominent pyramid design influence.
Tumulus of the Louisiana Division, Army of Tennessee where General P.G.T. Beauregard is entombed.
Bestoff Family Mausoleum featuring urn burials and underground burials
The Fertel Duke Family Mausoleum is the final resting spot of Ruth Fertel, founder of Ruth's Chris Steak Houses.
Built of entirely of white marble the sarcophagus of Eugene Lacosst entombs himself and his mother.
Located inside the old main entrance to Metairie Cemetery this memorial was commissioned by Daniel Moriarty to memorialize his wife. The memorial, made of Vermont granite, stands 60 feet high and was designed to dwarf the other structures in the cemetery. Due to weight limitations a special spur track was erected by the Illinois Central Railroad to bring the granite memorial into the cemetery.
The Chapman Hyams Mausoleum features an 'Angel of Grief' statue also known as the Weeping Angel.