Category Archives: Mausoleums

The Mausoleum that the Hot Dog Built

Charles Feltman (November 8, 1841-September 20, 1910) The Charles Feltman Mausoleum in the Green-Wood Cemetery at Brooklyn is a neo-classical temple honoring the man many consider to be the creator of the American hot dog.  Feltman, a German immigrant, started … Continue reading

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Art Deco John S. Holmes Mausoleum

Maud G. Kennedy Holmes 1876-1955 John S. Homes 1863-1931 The John Homes Mausoleum, erected in 1934, was designed by the Charles B. Blake Company in the Art Deco style.  The mausoleum was built for Holmes, a successful real estate broker … Continue reading

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Venetian Gothic

With the exception of the ornamentation on the top of the Spotts Mausoleum, two nearly identical mausoleums, one in the Cave Hill Cemetery at Louisville, Kentucky, and the other in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery at Nashville, Tennessee, were designed and … Continue reading

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The Curse of King Tut

The Darius Miller Mausoleum in the Rosehill Cemetery at Chicago, Illinois, is a magnificent example of Egyptian Revival architecture found in many large urban cemeteries. Egyptian ornamentation can be divided into three categories—architectural, geometric, and natural.  The mausoleum features–the cavetto … Continue reading

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Commerce and Victory

The second largest mausoleum in the Forest Home Cemetery at Forest Park, Illinois, was built for  life-long Chicago resident, William Grunow, (born April 30, 1893; died July 6, 1951) a partner in the Majestic Radio Company. The pathway to the … Continue reading

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Cast-iron Gothic

The cast-iron Karstendiek Family Tomb in the Lafayette Cemetery Number 1 at New Orleans is a Gothic Revival style jewel box.  Built in the 1860s it features pointed-arched tracery on the doors and pinnacles on the roof.

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Cast-iron tomb

Cast-iron is an oft-used material for fencing in cemeteries but it is also used as a building material for tombs.  The Pelton Family tomb in the Greenwood Cemetery at New Orleans is one of two identical cast-iron tombs in the … Continue reading

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Moorish Revival

General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard (May 28, 1818 – February 20, 1893) was one of the most prominent and successful generals in the Confederate Army.  Beauregard commanded the defenses at Fort Sumter, and later at the First Battle of Bull … Continue reading

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Angel holding a chalice

The Acklen Mausoleum in the Mount Olivet Cemetery at Nashville, Tennessee, is a stunning example of Gothic architecture, built for Adelicia Hayes Franklin Acklen Cheatham, the daughter of Oliver Bliss Hayes—a lawyer, judge, minister, and land speculator. Adelicia was thrice … Continue reading

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The Commodore, Steamboats, and Onion Domes

The Commodore, steamboat builder and pilot, Cornelius Kingsland Garrison (March 1, 1809-May 1, 1885) started building his fortune by building steamboats and operating his St. Louis steamboat company.  He went on to make another fortune in banking.  Garrison also served … Continue reading

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