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Project Details
Quality of Life
Woodland Historic Chapel Preservation
The project encompasses the restoration and preservation of the historic chapel, administration building, front gate and other significant structures on the grounds of Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum. Particular focus will be on the interior of the Chapel which features 17 Tiffany stained glass windows, a Tiffany hand-cut mosaic-tiled floor and Tiffany painted frescoes which were designed by Tiffany Studios of New York in 1904. Wood work from the Barney & Smith Car Co. will also be restored.
Organization Details

Woodland Arboretum Foundation
118 Woodland Ave.
Dayton, Ohio. 45409

Organization Contact Details

Sean O'Regan
President and CEO
Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum

118 Woodland Ave.
Dayton, Ohio. 45409
Angie Hoschouer
Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum
937-228-3221 ext. 111
Location Details
Ohio 10th
Financial Details
Source: Classified as government (G), foundation (F), corporate (C), individual (I), special events (S), or other (O).
Amount: Amount requested or, if approved, the amount to be funded.
Status: Pending (P), Declined (D), Approved (A)

1) Mr. and Mrs. W. Anthony Huffman (I) $35,000 A
2) Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Laing, Jr. (I) $20,000 A
3) The Berry Family Foundation (F) $200,000 A
4) The Mary H. Kittredge Fund at The Dayton Foundation (F) $25,000 A
5) Heidelburg Distributing Company (C) $25,000 A
6) The Wright Brothers Family Foundation (F) $50,000 A
7) Harry A. Toulmin and Virginia B. Toulmin Fund of The Dayton Foundation (F) $50,000 A
8) The Jack W. and Sally D. Eichelberger Foundation of The Dayton Foundation (F) $150,000 A
9) Phil and Jean Wagner Family Fund of The Dayton Foundation (F) $30,000 A
10) The Schiewetz Foundation (F) $300,000 A
11) The James M. Cox Foundation (F) $1,000,000 A
12) The Fred M. Luther Charitable Trust (F) $100,000 A
13) Mr. and Mrs. Richard Pohl (I) $20,000 A
14) Mr. Sean O’Regan (I) $10,000 A
15) The Dayton Hydraulic Co. (C) $10,000 A
16) Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Berner (I) $15,000 A
17) Charles and Ann Simms (I) $10,000 A
18) Mrs. Beverly W. Parker (I) $10,000 A
19) Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Nevin (I) $15,000 A
20) Mr. Frederick W. Schantz (I) $10,000 A
21) Mr. and Mrs. William L. Gunlock (I) $10,000 A
22) Mrs. Harry Shaw (I) $15,000 A
23) Stephen and Mary Birch Foundation (F) $50,000 P
24) Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation (F) $20,000 D
25) George B. Quatman Foundation (F) $25,000 P
26) Dayton Area Bar Association Foundation (F) $25,000 D
27) Mrs. Judy D. McCormick (I) $5,000 A
28) Armotte Boyer Charitable Trust, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee (I) $7,500 A
29) Lloyd O’Hara Trust (I) $2,000 A
30) Sara E. Woodhull Charitable Fund of The Dayton Foundation (I) $1,000 A
31) Philip & Pamela Black Family Foundation (F) $1,000 A
32) William and Sonnie Kasch Fund of The Dayton Foundation (I) $3,000 A
33) F. A. Requarth Co. (C) $2,500 A
Construction or Capital
In December 2016, The James M. Cox Foundation offered to Woodland a Challenge Grant that if we could raise $1,000,000 they would grant us $1,000,000. In less than 6 months, we were able to raise the $1,000,000 and in return, received the $1,000,000 grant from the foundation thus laying the ground work for our fundraising efforts for the project.
Within the next 6-12 months
It would be wonderful to receive a recommendation from PDAC for a grant from the Save America's Treasures program or from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Our project is truly an interest project for individuals or groups who are interested in historic preservation. We continually research grant opportunities which fund historic building restoration, historic preservation, arts and culture, public and society benefits, museum exhibitions, the development, preservation and maintenance of gardens, grounds improvements, and community and neighborhood improvements.
Community Details
In the 1840s, when Dayton outgrew its original graveyards at Third and Main streets and at Fifth Street, civic pioneer John Van Cleve was given the task to find a new cemetery location within the city. He found that August George had a forty-acre site for sale that had beautiful hilltop views of the city and a remarkable variety of trees.

Founded in 1841, Woodland was one of the nation’s first rural garden cemeteries that was not connected to a church or place of worship. It is a unique cultural, botanical and educational resource in the heart of Dayton.

With over 109,000 souls entrusted to its care, it is the final resting place of many of Dayton’s most distinguished residents including the Wright Brothers, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Charles Kettering, Gov. James M. Cox, John H. Patterson, Col. Edward A. Deeds, Erma Bombeck and so many more.

The Richardsonian Romanesque Gateway, Chapel and Office are on the National Register of Historic Places and the cemetery itself has been designated as a Historic District by the United States Department of the Interior.

The certified Level II Arboretum is among the foremost green spaces in Ohio with over 200 acres adorned with 3,000 trees including ten current or former State Champion trees as recognized by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry.

The cemetery and its outreach programs provided to over 5,000 attendees, 200+ educational programs in the form of tours and presentations on and off the grounds. An estimated 8 – 10,000 visitors pass through the gates over the course of the Memorial Day holiday weekend; The Ohio Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) hosts seasonal monthly programs at Woodland for industry leaders and we have partnered in the community with many organizations including: The Aviation Trail, Inc., The National Aviation Heritage Area, Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park, Dayton Metro Library, University of Dayton Osher’s Lifelong Learning Institute, Wright State University Sociology and Anthropology Department and Sinclair Community College.

And most importantly, Woodland is still a very active operating cemetery, assisting approximately 1,600 families annually with burial and cremation services. Sufficient undeveloped land is available to accommodate more than 50,000 future burials, equating to 100 years of remaining active operation. Thereafter, Woodland will be endowed permanently as a historic site, passive cemetery, and green area, open to all who seek serenity, beauty and history.

Restoring the Chapel, Admin Building and Front Gates allows all visitors to Woodland to appreciate the historic value that Woodland brings to the community and the history of one of the oldest cemeteries in the City of Dayton.
Currently the Chapel has, out of necessity, been used as additional office work space for the cemetery’s sales staff. Use of the magnificent Chapel as a sales office fails to do justice to its national historic significance, and such use would surely disappoint those artists and artisans who painstakingly created its stunning interior and impressive exterior more than century ago.

Success will be determined when the restored Chapel hosts its first funeral service, social, educational and community event inside its historic walls.


Again, we answered none to the above question as it will not affect the number of positions at the cemetery however it would be difficult to determine if local contractors, sub-contractors or specialty artisans positions would be retained due to the nature of our project.

Under $25,000

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