Tag: Bronze

  • Worthington Mausoleum, Homewood Cemetery

    Worthington mausoleum

    Classicism pared down to the bones, severely elegant. The bronze doors are especially fine.

    Bronze doors
    Worthington mausoleum
  • A. J. Sunstein Mausoleum, West View Cemetery

    A. J. Sunstein Mausoleum

    Considering that the Exodus is the central event in Israel’s sacred history, Egyptian Revival has always struck old Pa Pitt as an odd choice of styles for a Jewish cemetery. But with this particular mausoleum he can see the appeal. “You think you’re a god-king, Pharaoh? Well, how would you like to be a door handle for the rest of eternity? What do you think of that, Mr. Bricks-Without-Straw?”

    Bronze door handle with Pharaoh heads
  • Kelley Monument, Union Dale Cemetery

    Statue on the Kelley monument

    Flower-dropping mourners are very common in our cemeteries, but this one is made of bronze and unusually fine.

    Kelley monument
  • Flower Mausoleum, Allegheny Cemetery

    Flower mausoleum

    A tasteful mausoleum shaped like the stereotypical Egyptian temple, but without Egyptian decorative details. The nautical-themed stained glass inside is extraordinarily good, and the bronze doors are also very artistic.

    Stained glass in the Flower mausoleum
    Bronze doors on the Flower mausoleum
    Ornament on the Flower mausoleum
    Flower mausoleum
  • Vandergrift Mausoleum, Allegheny Cemetery

    Vandergrift mausoleum

    Probably a stock model. It is curiously hard to pin down the style of this structure; old Pa Pitt will call it Romanesque, on account of the medievalish columns and the arched bronze doors. The stained glass inside is another standard catalogue item. The bronze doors bear reliefs of laurels and palms—symbols of victory in death.

    Stained glass
    Bronze reliefs