Category: Architecture

New Publication: The Art of Commemoration and America’s First Rural Cemetery: Mount Auburn’s Significant Monument Collection

December 22, 2015

The Friends of Mount Auburn is delighted to announce a new publication:

The Art of Commemoration and America’s First Rural Cemetery:
Mount Auburn’s Significant Monument Collection
Written by Melissa Banta with Meg L. Winslow
Introductory essay by David B. Dearinger
Foreword by Dave Barnett, President and CEO of Mount Auburn Cemetery

Before the establishment of Boston’s public art museums, Mount Auburn Cemetery, founded in 1831, offered one of the few venues where the public could behold the work of European as well as the first generation of American sculptors and monument carvers. The first large-scale designed landscape open to the public in the country, Mount Auburn was a virtual outdoor museum—an interwoven tapestry of art and nature—featuring memorials by artists such as Thomas Crawford, Stanford White, and Edmonia Lewis. (more…)

Preservation and the Annual Fund at Mount Auburn

October 29, 2015

2015 has been an incredibly productive year at Mount Auburn, with exciting projects being undertaken across our different departments to continue making the Cemetery a welcoming and inspiring place for everyone. Our preservation and facilities staff members have been a particularly visible example this year, overseeing the significant restoration work being done on our Egyptian Revival Gateway and all of the other front entry precinct improvements that are currently in-progress. In addition, they have remained busy conserving and maintaining the monuments and structures throughout the Cemetery, ensuring that Mount Auburn’s rich collections remain in good condition for years to come. (more…)

Restoring our Egyptian Revival Gateway: The Iron Fence

September 1, 2015

The historic cast iron fence that flanks our Egyptian Revival Gateway are the remaining sections of a fence that once ran the entire length of the Cemetery’s boundary on Mount Auburn Street. Over the years the fence suffered repeated damage from automobile accidents, downed trees, and the inevitable effects of water and rust. In the 1980’s much of the fence was dismantled, and the most intact panels were reused and installed in their current configuration. Now Mount Auburn is working with Cassidy Brothers Forge, out of Rowley,MA,  and embarking on a complete restoration of the remaining sections of fence as well as the auto gates to ensure that they will last another 170 years. (more…)

Binney Conservation and Public Art

October 6, 2014

Mount Auburn is delighted to announce the long-awaited completion of the conservation of the Amos Binney monument, Lot #1391 Heath Path at the Cemetery.  Binney’s marble memorial, carved by Thomas Crawford in 1847, is the only monument at Mount Auburn that has been designated an “American Treasure” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the White House Millennium Committee and has recently been conserved.

Binney Conservation and Public Art with Jason Weeks from Mount Auburn Cemetery on Vimeo.

Amos Binney (1830 – 1847) and a group of like-minded friends, including Augustus A. Gould (Lot #1467 Fir Avenue, Mount Auburn Cemetery), established the Boston Society of Natural History in 1830. When Binney died suddenly in Rome at the age of 43, his widow returned his body to Boston to be buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery.

Video about Binney Monument Foundation Repairs by Roberto Mighty, Mount Auburn Artist-in-Residence 2014