The interesting map which accompanies this article represents that portion of the United States east of the Rocky Mountains, and depicted thereon are sketches of the many community mausoleums designed by Lovell & Lovell, architects of Chicago.
The first of these structures, built during the years from 1912 to 1914, was the original unit of Rosehill Mausoleum in Chicago. Since that time it has been necessary to add four new units, each of which is as large or larger, than the average mausoleum. The entire structure now represents one of the largest and finest mausoleums in the world, containing about three hundred private rooms with a total of about five thousand, crypts.
As may be noted from the map, the special knowledge developed by Lovell & Lovell in this class of architecture has called their services to fifteen states in the Union, with the result that they have designed forty-three of the finest, largest and most successful mausoleums to be found anywhere. In addition they have designed seven additional units to the original forty-three buildings, thus making a total of fifty mausoleum structures.
This work as required a vast amount of research, study and painstaking effort to produce the finest structures possible, embodying not only correct architectural design, but the maximum elements on permanency.
The result of this work has been the accumulation and development of a specialized knowledge in this field which has brought forth the finest type of structure for entombment purposes.
In the construction of these mausoleums only materials best for each specific purpose have been utilized. Large quantities of the country’s finest stone, marble, granite and bronze have gone into these memorials. Magnificence hardly expresses the beauty of these buildings. Combined with the materials just mentioned is the intelligent use of beautiful cathedral glass work, artistic lighting equipment, furnishings in the fashion of marble benches, vases, rugs and draperies - and in some buildings appealing organ music or melodious chimes give a sacred impression never to be forgotten.
Beside the efforts of Lovell & Lovell to perfect the design and structure of mausoleums, they have contributed quite largely to the dignified and efficient sales efforts now in general use. The fund of information for the use of their clients for sales purposes is probably the most complete available. This part of their service has materially contributed to the success of these structures.
In addition to these facts which concern only the present -- this firm has given deep thought and study to the future of these buildings, and they have worked out thorough and practical suggestions for the safe-guarding of Perpetual Care Funds. If all mausoleums were endowed as these plans advocate, the mausoleum really becomes perpetual institution.
A record of the accomplishments of Lovell & Lovell contains much interesting material, and the next issue of the American Cemetery we plan to give a description of one of these buildings recently completed a magnificent structure surmounting a hill having the highest elevation for miles around. This is a remarkably noteworthy structure, and will prove to be of interest to all cemetery owners.