The Woodlawn Conservancy invited members of the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Professional Circle to a behind-the-scenes tour of The Woodlawn Cemetery, 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” enshrined here, reflecting stories of art and engineering, immigration, industrialization and cultural and societal development.
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 1,500 significant monuments and mausoleums.
In 2011, Woodlawn Cemetery was designated a National Historic Landmark.