"A New and Useful Burial Crypt:" The American Community Mausoleum

Author(s): Mark Nonestied

Year: 2016


A community mausoleum is an above ground communal burial structure. The modern community mausoleum can trace its roots back to 1906, when William Hood patented and built his "new and useful burial crypt" in a Ganges, Ohio cemetery. Hood formed the National Mausoleum Company to build additional structures, but also faced competition from competing firms trying to capitalize on the new community mausoleum craze. In a little over five years, more than 100 community mausoleums were built -- by 1915, the number rose to over 200.


This lecture will trace the development of the community mausoleum from its beginnings in Ohio to its proliferation throughout the country. It will examine the architectural designs of these structures, highlighting some well known architects like Cecil Bryan and Sidney Lovell. The public reaction to the trend, both positive and negative, will also be discussed.

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"A New and Useful Burial Crypt:" The American Community Mausoleum. Mark Nonestied. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434243)


Temporal Keywords
20th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 294