A patent medicine king with, shall we say, an interesting history, buried in West Laurel Hill.
Even gilded-age figures of grief have picked up bad habits recently!
Winters are cozy in the Daversa mausoleum.
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
There are some wonderful monuments that feature a symbolic empty chair.
A photo essay on the stages of decay of funerary landscape architecture.
An informal presentation of some floral shots I’ve taken. No commentary.
A rather beautiful stained glass window features the portrait of Ida May Vare, who died in Beijing at age 22.
I never expected to find a portrait bust displayed on the exterior of a monument! And it hasn’t been stolen!
A religiously themed monument in Druid Ridge that avoids cliché with some novel imagery.
Here I open up a new category of funerary portraits: framed photos serving like portrait busts.
A decidedly odd portrait bust in the mausoleum of a distinguished family!
A nice Egyptian revival mausoleum at West Laurel Hill with some de-luxor features!
A wonderful stained glass window shines a light on a sad surprise in the Jackson mausoleum.
A man with a Charles Darwin beard stares out eternally at his wife, who is shrouded with a vast, heavy cover. West Laurel Hill–gotta love it!
A West Laurel Hill treasure is the portrait of Adolene O. Pursell (1892-1916), spotted in the rear of the Lambert Ott mausoleum.
A wonderful surprise at Columbia Gardens: a funerary portrait in a neo-baroque mausoleum!
John W. Forney monument. West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, PA. Photo: author. Here, in his Sunday best, is John W. Forney (1817-1881), a Lincoln republican who served twice as Clerk of the House and once as Secretary of the Senate of the United States. His day job was as a successful newspaper publisher. If …
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 …
Figure 1. John Williams mausoleum, West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, PA. Photo: author. This is a wonderful complex (figures 1, 2). Of course, you can guess that it dates to between about 1890 (Sullivanesque style) and maybe 1920 (crisp neoclassical elements like wreaths). The online records of West Laurel Hill Cemetery do not much …