Saturday, March 19, 2011

Van Ness Parsons Mausoleum

Egyptian Revival architecture was a popular style of memorialization during the mid 19th Century. This fashionable trend made a resurgence in the 1920’s presumably because of the 1922 discovery of King Tutankhamen's tomb.


Albert Ross Parsons (1847-1933), a composer, musician, author and pyramid expert published The New Light from the Pyramids in 1893. Fittingly, this Egyptologist is entombed along with a number of family members in this pyramid-shaped mausoleum which combines Christian religious statuary and Egyptian symbolism,
An archival shot of this Egyptian Revival mausoleum appears in my book, Green-Wood Cemetery ( Arcadia Publishing, 2008).

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