Cemetery Preservation

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November 2, 2017:

The Karstendiek tomb restoration project is near completion! Save Our Cemeteries contracted Irish Channel Iron Works to begin the work on the tomb approximately one year ago. We are so excited to see how far it’s come and how beautiful the tomb now looks!

Although it is one of many unique tombs that occupy Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 in Uptown New Orleans, the Karstendeik tomb is a particular treasure because it is the only cast iron tomb in Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, and one of only 16 in all of Orleans Parish. The tomb is also popularly known as the “Vampire Lestat Tomb” because of its striking resemblance to the tomb prop featured in the film adaption of famed author Anne Rice’s novel Interview with the Vampire.

Upcoming Cemetery Clean-Ups and Volunteer Projects: 

Upcoming dates tba.

Read about some of our most recent volunteer projects here:
Lafayette Cemetery No. 2
Lafayette Cemetery No. 1
St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
Holt Cemetery

Current Projects:

Save Our Cemeteries is continuing it’s “Open Tombs Project” to repair and close breached and vandalism tombs/vaults in city-owned cemeteries. (Read more about the project here…)

For individuals or organizations who would like to make a financial contribution to the “Open Tombs” project please contact Save Our Cemeteries at 504-525-3377 or email soc@saveourcemeteries.org.


To find out about our current restoration projects, to learn about the correct way to restore your tomb, or to find out more about restoration activities in the historic cemeteries of New Orleans, please contact Save Our Cemeteries, at soc@saveourcemeteries.org.

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