Glenwood Cemetery Mortuary Chapel is a significant example of the Romanesque Revival style of architecture, exemplifying the widespread influence of the design principles of Henry Hobson Richardson. It is characterized by elemental massing, massive unbroken wall surfaces and idiomatic proportion. The building is the notable work of Glenn Brown, one of the most influential Washington architects of his generation and a national leader of the American Institute of Architects.
The Chapel epitomizes the design principles Brown espoused early in his career, before initiating a seminal campaign to improve the planning and architecture of the federal city along classical lines. The building is the focal feature of Glenwood Cemetery, a product of the "rural cemetery" movement (chartered 1854, after an 1852 ordinance banning cemeteries within the city limits). The chapel is centered within a central circle on the picturesque undulating grounds laid out by civil engineer George F. de la Roche. It is one story. Flemish bond brick, with massive steep-pitched slate roof, dormers, Syrian-arched entrance, and rose window.
DC designation August 17, 1988
National Register listing January 9, 1989