Tag: Art Deco

  • Bald Mausoleum, Homewood Cemetery

    A strikingly dignified Art Deco mausoleum that adapts the setbacks of Deco skyscrapers to the classical formality of a cemetery environment.

    We have more pictures of the Bald mausoleum in an earlier article.

  • Blumenthal-Mendelson Monument, Tree of Life Cemetery

    Art Deco can be a very dignified style when applied with taste. The classical symmetry of this monument is combined with a streamlining that would look good on the front of a locomotive.

  • Mervis Family Plot, Tree of Life Cemetery

    Mervis family plot

    The Mervises have a fine Art Deco monument with a shining lamp at the top (and a very artistic wasp nest in one corner). It was probably put up in 1941, when Joseph A. Mervis died, or possibly before, when the plot was purchased.

    Fannie Mervis
    Joseph A. Mervis
    Mervis monument
  • Haas Mausoleum, St. Michael’s Cemetery

    Haas mausoleum

    An attractive Art Deco design with more traditionally Gothic bronze doors that have survived because this mausoleum is right at the cemetery entrance, where people might tend to notice two men with a pickup truck fiddling with a mausoleum in the middle of the night. (Note the fence spike in the foreground: old Pa Pitt apologizes for that, but it’s sometimes hard to see what’s in the picture when the camera has to be held above a fence.) This is one of only two mausoleums in St. Michael’s Cemetery, and it is the grander of the two.

    Stained glass of the Holy Family

    The stained-glass window of the Holy Family is a very good one, though it was probably a standard catalogue item.

    Angel in bronze

    Angels adorn the bronze doors.

    Bronze decorations
    Corner view
  • Perritt Monument, Homewood Cemetery

    Perritt monument

    A simple stele with Art Deco flair. It is running out of space for Elliott Eugene Perritts. Enlarge the picture and note the three children remembered on the base. Three funerals in four years: that is what childhood mortality used to be like even among wealthy families before we figured out how to vaccinate against childhood diseases.