Art Deco

Beech Grove Cemetery, Muncie, Indiana

Art Deco is a design movement from the 1920s that marked a break from the fluid and flowing Art Nouveau designs of the 1890s.  The term ‘Art Deco’ is derived from the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, an exhibition of artists that showed their work in Paris in 1925.   Arts Décoratifs was eventually truncated to Art Deco. The O. W. Storer Mausoleum, built in 1925, constructed with a highly-polished granite, exhibits the clean, straight lines characteristic of the Art Deco designs from the 1920s.  While this looks much like the Mitchell Anthony Mausoleum, it differs in its orientation.  The lines that frame the doorway of the O. W. Storer Mausoleum are vertical, not the horizontal lines that dominate the Mitchell Anthony Mausoleum.  That difference can also be seen in the lines on the bronze doors of each of the mausoleums.

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