Christopher Street Burial Vaults

Recovery of burial vaults located beneath a private residence in Manhattan

Project Documents

Portion of coffin with hardware intact
Portion of coffin with hardware intact
Renovations to a private residence revealed several early 19th century burial vaults and associated human remains. Chrysalis assisted the home owner in navigating the regulatory process, and associated legal issues surrounding this discovery. The burials were respectfully excavated, and Chrysalis assisted the home owner in making arrangements for their re-interment. The expertise of our forensic specialists helped to identify the remains and their associated grave goods, providing insight about funerary practices in New York City's recent past.