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« on: October 09, 2007, 01:19:58 pm »

Homes of the Dead

RSS What is this? By: Kristen Mucci, This Old House online, October 2006



Homes for the Dead

When ghosts aren't residing under the beds of little children, they can often be found in palatial estates, or what the living call mausoleums. Serving as a background for dramatic scenes in more than a few horror films, these structures have a reputation for being eerie and haunted. But more often than not, these "homes" are anything but scary. Many are built by famous architects and modeled after grand architectural structures.

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Who's Buried in Grant's tomb?

After his presidency Ulysses S. Grant settled in New York City, where he was laid to rest in August of 1885. A huge public fundraising effort brought in over $600,000 from approximately 90,000 contributors for the construction of his tomb. Completed in 1897, the massive Neo-Classical Revival structure, designed in granite and marble by architect John Duncan, remains the largest mausoleum in North America. Over one million people attended the parade and dedication ceremony.

122nd Street at Riverside Drive, New York, NY

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Da Vinci Decor

This stunning mausoleum holds the bodies of wealthy American socialite and congressman Oliver Hazard Perry Belmont and his wife Alva Vanderbilt, a well-known women's rights activist. Designed by Richard Morris Hunt, it is an exact replica of the Chapel of St. Hubert at Château d'Amboise in France, which was designed by Leonardo da Vinci in the Gothic Flamboyant style of the early 1500s and is rumored to contain his body.

The Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, NY



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Next Stop, Huntington Station

Collis Potter Huntington, known for his work on the transcontinental railroad, is interred high on a hilltop looking towards the east in this Neo-Classical Revival mausoleum. Designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt, who is responsible for the façade of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, it boasts stairways replicated from the old Pennsylvania Station in New York City. Its bronze doors are by Herbert Adams, founder of the National Sculpture Society.

The Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, NY

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Voodoo Lady

Though there is controversy as to where voodoo queen Mary Laveau is actually buried, this tomb at St. Louis Cemetery #1 in New Orleans attracts tourists and believers alike. Many leave small gifts at the site, such as candles and flowers. It's said that if a visitor leaves an offering and marks triple Xs on the tomb, they may then ask for a favor. Claims of ghost sightings here are not uncommon.

St Louis Cemetery #1, New Orleans, LA

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Sphinx Switch

The Stanford mausoleum, located on the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto, holds the remains of University namesake Leland Stanford, Jr. and his parents Leland and Jane Stanford. Legend has it that the original structure was built with naked Greek female sphinxes on the front, but the Stanfords disapproved and had them replaced with Egyptian-style male sphinxes, moving the females to the back. Ionic columns line the sides of the strucure.

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Leaves of Granite

Poet Walt Whitman, who died March 26, 1892, was buried in a tomb he designed and built previous to his death. The structure was created to resemble the walls of King Solomon's temple and assembled, as in ancient times, with no rods, bolts or screws. Its ten-ton pieces of granite rely on gravity as glue. The one-ton granite door of the mausoleum remains permanently open so that "his soul can roam free."

Harleigh Cemetery, Camden, NJ

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Lakeside View

After his premature death at 31, actor Rudolf Valentino was interred inside this Cathedral Mausoleum designed by architect Matlock Price (originally for scriptwriter June Mathis) at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. More than 70 years later, fans still bring flowers to the site. The star of "The Sheik" (1921) and "Blood and Sand" (1922), attracted 80,000 mourners when his casket was carried into the elaborate structure. Rose petals showering the crowd from a small plane. Legend has it that the "Lady in Black" visits Valentino's crypt each year on the anniversary of his death and leaves red roses.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, CA

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Walk Like An Egyptian

A sphinx guards the mausoleum of five-and-dime store mogul F.W. Woolworth (1852-1919). The famous merchant was fascinated by Egyptology and designed his own burial site to mimic Egyptian architecture.

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Architectural Beauty

Architects McKim, Mead, and White, who designed many famous New York buildings including the Morgan Library and the Municipal Building, fashioned this Mausoleum for Henry A.C. Taylor, son of wealthy banker Moses Taylor. The Beaux Arts structure features an eclectic design with elaborately bordered panels.

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Gated Community

Great philanthropists Edward Harkness, son of an original Standard Oil partner, and his wife Mary Stillman, of the Rockefeller family, are buried together in this gated fortress reminiscent of a Medieval church. It was designed by James **** Rogers, Edward Harness's favorite architect, known for his university structures at Yale, Columbia, and Northwestern.

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