The name Guggenheim is synonymous in
with philanthropy and achievement. In the 19th century, family patriarch, Meyer, amassed a fortune from mining and smelting. His business acumen and philanthropic ways were inherited by his large brood who made names for themselves during their lifetimes. Their good works and family name live on. Many members of the Guggenheim family are entombed in America , an historic Jewish cemetery which straddles the Brooklyn/Queens border. Their octagonal-shaped mausoleum was built in 1899 at a cost exceeding $100,000 and is the largest mausoleum in the cemetery. It was created by American architect Henry Beaumont Herts who is also responsible for a number of other monuments on the grounds. The white marble structure was modeled after the Tower of the Winds in Salem Fields Cemetery in the Italian neoclassical style. Barbara Myers Guggenheim, the wife of family patriarch Meyer, was the first to be entombed there after her sudden death in 1890. Meyer’s grand-nephew, Harry Guggenheim (my favorite), co-founder of the Athens Long Island’s newspaper Newsday was also entombed within the structure after his death in 1970.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
This Gothic Revival mausoleum was built for Edwin W. Marsh in 1890. At the time, Marsh was the most successful retail dry goods merchant in Atlanta. Constructed of sandstone, the building sports a spire, buttresses, cusped arches and polished granite shafts. The prominent bronze urn was made by Gorham Manufacturing, the first US foundry. One of 55 mausoleums in Oakland Cemetery, the Marsh mausoleum is currently undergoing restoration.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Replete with photos, this recent article highlights 10 popular US cemeteries.
Cemeteries of the Rich, Famous and Notorious.
Friday, October 5, 2012
For more details, click on the link below.
This Weekend at Green-Wood Cemetery
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Over time, the guild purchased additional land and to date more than 200 of its members have been buried here.
Friday, August 31, 2012
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
This stately mausoleum, with Egyptian overtones, houses the remains of Richard Kyle Fox in Woodlawn cemetery. Fox , who was born in
Belfast , published the popular National Police Gazette From 1877-1922. In its heyday the publication --which sold for a dime --had a circulation of 500,000 and a readership in the millions. Ireland
Monday, June 11, 2012
Atterbury died in 1956 at the age of 87 in Southampton Hospital. He is buried beneath a simple stone --which notes that he was an inventor architect--in a shady and secluded family plot. His father was a lawyer who became the general counsel for the Erie Railway and his maternal grandfather, Samuel Latham Mitchill, was a physician and politician. Mitchill was also a proponent of the construction of the Erie Canal, a project undertaken by his close friend, DeWitt Clinton, also buried in Green-Wood.
In 2008, Cottage Living Magazine ranked Forest Hills Gardens as the number one “cottage community” in the United States. And recent online postings can be found for tours of “Grosvenor Atterbury’s Forest Hills.”
Atterbury's former Manhattan residence was listed for sale in 2011at the staggering price of $38 million. Realtors generously said they would seal the deal for a cool $35million.
Friday, May 25, 2012
Dr. Cort died suddenly on Valentine’s Day in 1939 and is buried in Green-Wood with her parents
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
Howe funeral service took place at the First Universalist Church in Cambridgeport, Mass. and the officiant was a Rev. Greenwood. He was then buried in Cambridge Cemetery. In 1890, the same year Howe’s wife, Rose, died, the Howe’s were buried together in Green-Wood. Their beloved dog, Fannie, is buried within the family plot, along with her own monument, on which a poem entitled “Only a Dog” is inscribed. The Howe gravesite is located at the prime intersection of Battle and Hemlock Avenues and is a most popular stop on my tour.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Joplin died at the age of 49 and was buried in St. Michael’s Cemetery (East Elmhurst, NY) on April 5, 1917. Yet, more than 50 years later –in 1973-- his music made a resurgence after the release of the movie, The Sting. The academy-award winning film featured several of Joplin’s compositions, most prominently, The Entertainer, which Marvin Hamlisch adapted for the movie. The popularity of the movie and its musical score brought Joplin’s music to the attention of a new generation.
For the past several years, St. Michael's Cemetery has been hosting an annual Scott Joplin Memorial Concert. This year's concert date is Saturday, May 19th.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
This exquisite statue, which marks Scannell’s grave was dedicated by his brother, John J. Scannell, as is noted on the stone. Several months after his brother’s death, John Scannell shot and killed Thomas Donahue in retaliation. He was later acquitted at trial on grounds of insanity. In a strange twist, John J. Scannell was appointed New York City Fire Commissioner, in 1893, by Tammany Hall Mayor Robert A. Van Wyck.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
It seems that Louis C. Tiffany was quite the party animal, throwing lavish parties--sometimes for 1,000 people --at Laurelton Hall, his 100 room estate set on 580 acres in Oyster Bay, LI. The invitations were proffered by scrolls, often written in hieroglyphics, and guests were --more often than not --requested to attend in costume.
Louis Comfort Tiffany died in 1933, but Laurelton Hall lived on, serving as a haven for artists as per Tiffany’s wishes. Sadly, in 1957, the mansion burned down in a mysterious fire, the origin of which has never been discovered. Much of the contents of Tiffany’s home were destroyed. One of these, (which can be seen above) was Tiffany's prized work "The Bathers" created in 1914 to much controversy, and inadvertently smashed by firefighters trying to gain entrance.What could be salvaged can be seen in the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park, Fla. http://morsemuseum.org/on-exhibit/louis-comfort-tiffanys-laurelton-hall
Looking at photos of Laurelton Hall, one cannot help but wonder about the contrast between this magnificently whimsical property and the utilitarian monument that marks his grave. It is also interesting to note that Tiffany, who was married twice, is buried between both the wives he outlived.
The black and white photos above were taken by David Aronow (circa 1924) and are courtesy of the Library of Congress.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
’s Number One Public Enemy, Johnny Torrio’s death, in 1957, went virtually unnoticed by the public or press. Torrio suffered a heart attack while in a barber’s chair on April 15th and died later that day in America Brooklyn’s now defunct . It took a full three weeks after Torrio died before a short news item ran in the New York Times, referring to Torrio as “The man who put Al Capone into business…” Later that same year, rival mobster, Albert Anastasia, was gunned down in a barber’s chair while getting a shave. Cumberland Hospital