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Lakewood Cemetery’s Garden Mausoleum

Minneapolis, MN United States


Project Description

Ellison Bronze, Inc. offers its custom door systems to Lakewood Cemetery’s Garden Mausoleum in Minneapolis.

Established in 1871, Lakewood Cemetery is a public, nonprofit and nondenominational cemetery where many notable Minnesotans are buried. The new 23,500-square foot, two-story mausoleum contains burial space for more than 10,000, a chapel, reception room and administrative offices. Two-thirds of the building is nestled in a hillside to highlight the cemetery’s beautiful and mature landscape.

A mixture of traditional funerary building materials, such as bronze, granite and marble, were used in a contemporary fashion to create a calm and warm environment. The main entrance of the Garden Mausoleum features a pair of Ellison doors covered in decorative bronze grilles with a wide perimeter accent bronze trim and enclosed in a curved overhang. The doors also feature a hinged glass panel to clean the exterior glass.

The Garden Mausoleum features a total of seven Ellison balanced doors, including three double units and one single unit, in a 280 alloy muntz bronze with a #4 satin finish and clear lacquer coating. Each door pair is equipped with Ellison PowerNow power operation functionality, facilitating optimal access for all users.

In addition to the main entry, the Ellison doors also lead to the outdoor garden with a water feature and sitting areas.


Project Details

Lakewood Cemetery’s Garden Mausoleum
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  • General Contractor: M.A. Mortenson Company 
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Specified Products

Ellison Bronze Specialty balanced door

The construction and hinging hardware allow the sizable doors to be opened easily. Traditional swing doors are attached at the frame and the door user must pull the entire weight of the door leaf. A balanced door pivots at two-thirds the width of the door, creating a balance that distributes the weight so the door is simple to open. The inset balancing point allows for an easier open force, even against strong winter winds and building stack, despite the added weight of the sturdy components.

Unlike conventional entry doors, an Ellison formed-up door features a solid sub-frame, which is made of minimum .09-inch thick material. The external door skins are spot welded a close intervals to internal channel components, yielding an extremely durable unitized construction.

Each door is manufactured and pre-hung at Ellison before it leaves the factory, allowing any adjustments to be made so the operation of the door is honed to perfection for easier installations.

Accompanying the functionality and superior quality of an Ellison door, the company also provides detailed record-keeping and full warranties. Every door is made imprinted with an individual project number (similar to that of a car’s VIN number) to facilitate easy tracking and maintenance. Furthermore, all Ellison balanced hardware components are machined in-house, which means that replacement components are always readily available. This is especially important for the Garden Mausoleum, which expects an extensive facility lifespan.



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