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Designing for the Dead

Designing for the Dead

Sunday, October 13, 2019
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Laurel Hill Cemetery
3822 Ridge Avenue
Philadelphia, 19132


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The Mother & Twins Sculpture at Laurel Hill Cemetery

Noted architects like John Notman, William Strickland, Frank Furness, John J. McArthur, C.C. Zantzinger, Horace Trumbauer and Napoleon LeBrun competed fiercely for the chance to design for the dead. Join us on a walking tour of Laurel Hill Cemetery, where we will see monuments created by these early architects, as well as artists such as Alexander Milne Calder, his son Alexander Stirling Calder, and sculptress Harriet Frishmuth, whose works grace many of Laurel Hill’s memorials. The tour will examine changing tastes and fashions in grave markers over the past two centuries, from the classical obelisks and urns of the Federal period, to the richly decorated crosses of the Gothic Revival, to the massive mausoleums of the Gilded Age.

This walking tour will take place on Sunday, October 13 at 1:00 pm, departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse.

The cost of the event is FREE and open to the public.

Tour Guide: Thomas Keels