New Pitman Funeral Home and Reception Center (Photos)

March 2, 2010
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imageCongratulations to the Pitman Family on the completion of their new funeral home and reception center in Wentzville, MO.

Pitman Funeral Home was originally established in Wentzville in 1922 and serves families of Wentzville as well as three other locations in Missouri. Jim and Eric Pitman currently run the business and are thrilled to open the doors to their new facility.

The Pitman?s along with guidance from Behrens Design and Development, Inc. have developed one of the most unique and technologically advanced funeral homes in the region. The new facility consists of 2 buildings, the Pitman Funeral Home and the Pitman Reception Center, which total approximately 21,000 square feet and sit on just over 4 acres. The funeral home combines the warmth of their former facility with state of the art technology.

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The focal point of the facility is a rotunda that is 32 feet in diameter and soars 50 feet to an apex offering natural light to the space. The Pitman?s brought in a local renowned artist to paint a collage of murals on the dome ceiling that combine old town Wentzville with Pitman history. The massive stone fireplace can be enjoyed from both the lobby and rotunda and brings warmth to funeral home. Flanking the rotunda are four visitation areas that can be converted to two large chapels using operable wall partitions. The facility is able to accommodate up to 450 + people without a problem. The Pitman Funeral Home also consists of two separate lounges with video feeds to the chapels, two arrangement areas, a two station prep room with an additional ante room, an apartment, a flower delivery room, four separate offices, separate garages with room for 6 vehicles, and a fireproof vault for documents. This facility also boasts state of the art technology which starts with four 26 inch LCD flat screens located at each of the register stands that display pictures and information of the deceased. Each of the visitation areas have their own music room and consist of 47 inch flat screens on retractable wall mounts, and video cameras for live internet streaming with the ability to create DVD?s of the funeral services.

The Pitman reception center is a free standing building adjacent to the funeral home and combines the human and pet cremation businesses, a monument company and reception gathering space. They have installed 2 state of the art cremation units and coolers for both pets and humans. The other side of the facility doubles as a memorial and gathering space. The gathering space has a viewing area where families can view and be a part of the cremation service. Like that of the funeral home, the reception center is also equipped with state of the art audio and video equipment. This facility can also used for family receptions and gathering space for local community events. The main gathering space can accommodate 100 + for either use. Caterers have full use of the kitchen facilities including stainless counter tops and commercial appliances.

The custom architecture and interior design was completed by Behrens Design and Development, Inc.

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