The corner problem

The handsome Rouss mausoleum in Mt. Hebron Cemetery in Winchester, VA, is a fine, attentively designed version of a Greek Doric temple (figures 1, 2). Built after Rouss died in 1902, it varies in a dozen ways from the most refined examples of the 5th century, BCE, yet it feels right in a dozen more. […]

Vernacular monuments

The Venets cross was at a quite fresh burial. I suspected it was temporary until a stone monument could arrive. The visible deformation of the wood by the mallet and the chisel strokes of the name are nice touches. Sort of “old west.” DANIEL BROWNBORNMAY 27 1850DIED OCT 11933MISING BYOLL+ 1935 + I presume there […]

Tom and Dewey

The Columbia Gardens Cemetery here in Arlington provides an object lesson in the contrasts between a monument of the great age of American monumental art and architecture in the later nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the current fallen state of almost every aspect of that art. The mausoleum of Admiral George Dewey (1837-1917), once […]

Ζωή σε εσάς και να θυμόσαστε

There is an offbeat monument in the Columbia Gardens Cemetery in Arlington, VA. It commemorates Thalia Vassilatos Warnement (August 3, 1967 – January 13, 2009). From a distance it looks quite conventional, one of those little be-columned pediments you see all the time. Find a Grave relates that, unhappily, she died far too young, of […]