Tag: Ionic

  • William J. Burns Mausoleum, Calvary Cemetery

    William J. Burns mausoleum

    A fine temple of the “modern Ionic” order (Ionic columns with the volutes at the four corners) with a large statue of Christ standing above the pediment. It has not escaped festooning with artificial flowers.

    William J. Burns mausoleum
  • McCluen Mausoleum, Homewood Cemetery

    McCluen mausoleum

    A Renaissance idea of a classical temple, with columns in the “modern Ionic” style—that is, with the volutes on the corners of the capitals. The rusticated stone of the walls makes a pleasing contrast with the smooth columns, doorframe, and pediment.

    McCluen Mausoleum
  • Catanzaro Monument, Calvary Cemetery

    Catanzaro monument

    Perhaps Dan Brown could recommend a Harvard symbologist to unravel the strands of symbolism here. Christ (holding a bouquet of artificial flowers, because he stood still too long in a Catholic cemetery) is stepping down from a ruined Ionic temple, his left hand seeming to gesture toward the ruins behind him, as if he has something to tell us about them. We could say that the ruined temple represents shattered and broken paganism, and Christ shows the way forward. Or perhaps, in spite of the Greek style, the ruins represent the Temple in Jerusalem, where not one stone was left upon another, and Christ emerges fresh from that ancient tradition, stepping forward to bring the real Temple to us.

    Catanzaro monument
  • Schreiner Mausoleum, Union Dale Cemetery

    Schreiner mausoleum

    A large and luxurious classical structure with a prominent cupola topped by a statue of Hope shaking her fist at heaven. At least that is how old Pa Pitt always reads the statue: it is certainly Hope (the anchor is her ID card), and Father Pitt doesn’t know what else to make of the raised-fist salute.

    Statue of Hope
    Monogram

    Ornate monograms flank the entrance arch.

  • Hemphill Mausoleum, Homewood Cemetery

    Hemphill mausoleum

    A simple but elegant Ionic mausoleum, seen here with the much more extravagant Brown pyramid in the background.