Lakewood Garden Mausoleum

Collaborative Partners:
Mortenson Construction
HGA Architects & Engineers

Built into the hillside to preserve the cemetery’s pastoral quality, the Lakewood Garden Mausoleum’s elegantly simple design quietly embraces the landscape while offering a contemplative interior experience. This granite-clad, 24,000 square-foot, two-level mausoleum includes six crypt rooms, six columbaria rooms, three family crypt rooms, committal room, and support spaces. Light filters through exquisite patinaed bronze metal curtainwall, slim-slotted windows, and exterior ground-level walking surface skylights to offer a peaceful and serene experience to those who are grieving the loss of loved ones. Inside, light filters through skylights and lantern-windows to strengthen the relationship between the spiritual and the earth-bound. Clad in rough-textured gray granite and white mosaic-marble, the mausoleum unfolds horizontally on its site within three smaller pods that recall the many family mausoleums throughout the historic cemetery.

Lakewood Garden Mausoleum was designed by award-winning Design Principal Joan M. Soranno, FAIA with Project Architect John Cook, FAIA of HGA Architects and Engineers with General Contractor Mortenson Construction. Empirehouse joined HGA as a design-assist partner and was selected as the Architectural Glass & Metal Contractor for this one-of-a-kind project. The design-assist services Empirehouse contributed to the project helped bring the Architect’s unique design vision into reality, while keeping the project within budget.

Taking the Architect’s vision and the Owner’s requirements, Empirehouse brought together a team of premium manufacturers and laced them together with our architectural glass, metal and glazing expertise. Together we provided custom-designed bronze metal and glass products for doors, curtainwall, and window framing that are contemporary, transparent, and functional and compliment the existing structures.

The Lakewood Garden Mausoleum is not only unique, it is one of the finest constructed projects in the state of Minnesota. The attention to detail, the superior material quality of bronze and glass used for the skylights, windows, hand railings, and entrance doors, highlight old world craftsmanship.


  • Six Flat Skylights
  • Custom fabricated Bronze Clad Windows
  • Ten oversized bronze balance doors with decorative grills and art glass
  • Glass guardrail
  • Family Crypt gates