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Guidelines for Rental

The historic Louisa Howard Chapel is located in Lakeview Cemetery, 455 North Ave. in Burlington, VT.  The Chapel was built in 1882 and has been fully restored and was rededicated in 2006.  It is now available for rental for a variety of uses.  To view the Chapel or to reserve it for use, please contact the Lakeview Cemetery Office at 802-863-2075.  The following is a description of the guidelines regarding the use of the Chapel. 

Appropriate Events

  • Weddings
  • Christenings/Baptisms
  • Civil Ceremony
  • Memorial Service
  • Funeral Service
  • Renewing of Vows
  • Meetings
  • Music recital
  • Art Display
  • Other public or private functions deemed appropriate by the Cemetery Superintendent

Occupancy Limit

The Chapel will accomodate up to 55 people.

Staffing Required

A designated Parks and Recreation employee will be present any time the Chapel has been rented.  Staff will open and close the building when appropriate and remain on-site throughout the duration of the event.

Use of Restrooms/Office

The restroom in the Cemetery Office will be made available to the public when the Chapel has been rented.  No port-a-lets will be allowed on the Cemetery grounds for any event.  The conference room in the Office will be made available if needed to support an event being held in the Chapel. 

Prohibited Activities in Chapel

  • No smoking
  • No candles or open flames.  Exception: For wedding/civil union ceremonies, up to three candles may be used as part of the ceremony
  • No alcohol or other food and beverages permitted inside the Chapel or on the Cemetery grounds
  • No affixing any material to the walls, doors or windows.  The location of flowers and other decorations is subject to the approval of the Department.  A runner can be used inside the Chapel 
  • No bell ringing by the public.  Department staff will perform this service if requested
  • No confetti or rice inside the Chapel or on the grounds.  Birdseed may be used outside of the Chapel
  • No amplified music inside of Chapel due to potential damage of stained glass windows
  • No tents or other structures will be permitted on the Chapel grounds


Appropriate parking locations on the Cemetery grounds will be identified by Department staff based upon the number of vehicles expected.

Reserving the Chapel

The Chapel will be reserved by calling the Lakeview Cemetery Office.   All events must be booked and confirmed with a deposit of $100 at least two weeks in advance of the scheduled event.  If the event is cancelled at least one week in advance, the deposit, minus a $25 administrative fee, will be returned.  If the cancellation occurs less than one week prior to the event, the entire deposit will be forfeited.  Note:  Use of the Chapel for a funeral service may be scheduled up to 24 hours in advance as long as the service takes place in conjunction with a burial service at Lakeview Cemetery. 

Fee and Hours of Use

The Chapel will generally be available for use between the hours of 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.  Hours may be further limited if weather conditions or darkness is a factor.  A damage deposit of $200 will be required for all events.  After an inspection of the Chapel, the damage deposit will be returned to the renting party if it is determined that no damage has occurred.  If the Chapel is damaged, the renting party will be responsible for paying the actual costs of any repairs.  If the repairs cost less than $200, the amount will be deducted from the damage deposit and the balance returned to the renting party.

The fee for the use of the Chapel will vary depending upon the day of the week and time of day in which the rental occurs.  If the rental is to occur during regular Cemetery  working hours (7:00 AM to 3:30 PM Monday thru Friday) the cost will be $100 per hour for up to three hours of use.  For uses that exceed three hours, the cost will be $450 and the Chapel will be considered rented for the entire day.  If the rental is to occur during a time when Cemetery staff is not normally on duty, the cost will be $250 for up to three hours of use.  For uses that exceed three hours, the cost will be $450 and the Chapel will be considered rented for the entire day.  If the Chapel is rented for a wedding/civil union ceremony or any other event that requires a rehearsal on the preceding day, an additional fee of $100 per hour will be charged. 

Please call 863-2075 for more information

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