Woodlawn Cemetery

Published on June 24, 2009, 7:36 pm
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Located in Bronx, Woodlawn Cemetery is one of the largest cemeteries in New York City. It opened as a rural cemetery in 1863, out in “the country,” in what was then southern Westchester County, which was annexed to New York City in 1874.

North gate; headquarters.

Gould mausoleum.

Woolworth mausoleum.

The cemetery covers more than 400 acres (160 ha) (half the size of Central Park) and is the resting place for more than 300,000 people.

Built on rolling hills, its tree-lined roads lead to quite unique memorials, some designed by McKim Mead & White, John Russell Pope, James Gamble Rogers, Cass Gilbert, Carrère and Hastings, Sir Edwin Lutyens, Beatrix Jones Farrand, and John LaFarge.

In 1967, what is generally believed to be the first community mausoleum on the East Coast of the United States was built at Woodlawn. The concept has proved extremely popular, and as a result many other cemeteries throughout the United States have since added such structures.

As of 2007, plot prices at Woodlawn were reported as $200 per square foot, $4,800 for a gravesite for two, and up to $1.5 million for land to build a family mausoleum.

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