St. Lucy’s Church

Bombings, antifascists, coal-mine collapses, and THE SCRANTONIAN SCULPTOR. Need ye more?

Funerary landscaping

A photo essay on the stages of decay of funerary landscape architecture.

A Hollywood angel

The Rueger monument in Hollywood Cemetery is a nice example of art we sadly no longer see in American cemeteries.

The Liscum monument

An unsung monument in Arlington gets a close look.

Flora!

An informal presentation of some floral shots I’ve taken. No commentary.

The corner problem

Figure 1. Rouss mausoleum, c. 1902. Detail: façade. Mt. Hebron Cemetery, Winchester, VA. Photo: author. 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 …

The kitchen sink!

If you look, you may find it somewhere in the over-the-top bronze sarcophagus of Benjamin Head Warder in Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, D.C. Warder made a fortune in agricultural machinery, thanks not least to “The Champion” combined reaper and mower. Benjamin Head Warder monument. Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C. Photo: author. Benjamin Head Warder …

Vernacular monuments

Stephen G. Venets cross, Oakwood Cemetery, Falls Church, VA. Photo: author. 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 …

Thank you, God.

That’s what I said to myself when I got within reading distance of the Lansburgh monument in Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, D.C. From three sides it is nondescript freestanding sarcophagus with a lid imitating a temple roof. At the corners are stylized WPA federal style columns, merely sketched in. On one short side it …

The Rose Keeling Hutchins funerary portrait

Here’s the Egyptian revival mausoleum of the Hutchins-Keeling distended family in Rock Creek Cemetery. Hutchins-Keeling mausoleum. Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C. Photo: author. “Distended” because we seem to have a case of a well-heeled man, Stilson Hutchins (1838-1912) who married a new wife, Rose Keeling (1867-1926), in 1890. It was a May-December thing, by the …

The J. Henley Smith funerary portrait

J. Henley Smith Mausoleum, Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C. Photo: author. This is the J[ames]. Henley Smith Mausoleum in Rock Creek Cemetery. It was designed by Worthington and Ahrens, built by Leland and Hall about 1910. The sum budgeted for it was $20,000, with $2000 more made over to the trustees of the cemetery for …