The Maker of the Modern Mall

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The modern-style polished-granite mausoleum in the Fairmount Cemetery at Denver, Colorado, was designed by and built for Temple Hoyne Buell (1895–1990) a noted architect who gained lasting fame for designing the first-ever American shopping mall. Buell was a prolific and highly successful architect who designed over 300 buildings in Colorado.

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The Buell mausoleum is a modern architectural confection that combines Christian symbolism highlighted in the highly-elaborate Latin crosses on three brass doors that dominate the face of the building with golden goddesses flanking the entrance to the tomb–one Egyptian and one Greek. The mausoleum merges the holy symbolism of the Christian cross with statues that represent ancient Egypt and Greece, a juxtaposition of cultures and religions.

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