Vorwerck Mausoleum, Smithfield East End Cemetery

A small but tasteful mid-twentieth-century mausoleum, probably a dealer’s stock model. The doors and the carved relief are pleasingly decorative; but there was something about mausoleums in this era that made them look a little like federal office buildings. Or perhaps we should say that there was something about federal office buildings that made them look like mausoleums.

The only Vorwerck mentioned in the cemetery records is Martha Vorwerck, who died in 1945. She was buried three days after her death, so (assuming this is her resting place) this mausoleum was probably put up while she was still alive.

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