The City of Springfield showed its support for the preservation of its historic buildings and landmarks.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno lent his support to the Oak Grove Cemetery ribbon cutting, signifying completed renovations of the cemetery’s 1881 Chapel and main gate arch on Bay street.
The cemetery’s board of directors allocated $400,000 to the renovation project.
“Over the years these sandstone structures, that were succumbing to weather and were basically disintegrating,” Ted Lyman, the chairman of the board of directors, told 22News.
The completed project received high praise from the Springfield preservation trust which, as its name implies, supports preserving as much of Springfield’s history as possible.
Robert McCarroll, a member of the Springfield Preservation Trust, added, “We’ve had a variety of consultants come to the city year after year, and they say one of the assets is our historical buildings.”
Not too far away is the monument honoring the memory of two Springfield residents, who were passengers aboard the Titanic, which sank in April 1912.