Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx
The Woodlawn Conservancy (woodlawnconservancy.org) invited members of the New York Landmarks Conservancy to a behind-the-scenes tour of Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx. The tour was led by Susan Olsen, Director of Historical Services for Woodlawn.
Founded in 1863 by some of the City’s most prominent citizens, Woodlawn tells the story of New York and the nation from the Industrial Age through today. Every industry, class, religion, and ethnicity is represented by the veritable “Who’s Who of American History”, reflecting stories of art and engineering, industrialization, cultural and societal development.
Highlights include Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Celia Cruz, Herman Melville, Irving Berlin, Augustas Juilliard, F.W. Woolworth, Roland H. Macy, Jay Gould, Fiorello LaGuardia, Robert Moses, Nellie Bly, Joseph Pulitzer and many others.
Woodlawn contains some of the finest examples of memorial architecture and funerary art in the nation. It is an exceptional collection of works by preeminent architects, landscape designers, sculptors and artisans of the late 19th through the 20th centuries.
Acclaimed architects such as McKim, Mead & White, Carrére & Hastings, Daniel Chester French and John Russell Pope designed some of Woodlawn’s 1,300 significant monuments and mausoleums.
Notable and gorgeous examples of Art Nouveau, Egyptian Revival, Greek Revival and Romanesque Revival design abound.
In 2011, Woodlawn Cemetery was designated a National Historic Landmark; in 2013, the cemetery celebrates its 150th Anniversary.
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