1. Woodlawn Cemetery, New York City
Opened in 1863, Woodlawn Cemetery is comprised of over 400 acres of rolling hills, circular paths and mausoleums meant to evoke miniature gothic cathedrals, Grecian temples and Egyptian tombs (one was once complete with reeds, water and sand – it was later removed). New York’s wealthiest citizens built these mausoleums with style and grandeur that matched the 5th Avenue mansions they spent their living years in. Above is the Belmont Mausoleum for Ava Vanderbilt Belmont, and built by the architecture firm Hunt & Hunt, whom Alva had commissioned to build a number of her grand mansions.
This article also written in part by Benjamin Waldman, Emily Baillie, and Maya Borgenicht.