Day 523

A stylistic standout

June 5th, 2013

This mysterious Gothic stone pillar at the edge of Woodlawn Cemetery stands in stark contrast to the modern-looking community mausoleum built just behind it. According to the NY Times, there was once a "grand entrance" to the cemetery here at Jerome Avenue and 233rd Street. Perhaps this pillar was once part of that entrance, which was presumably demolished to make room for the mausoleum. Bolstering this theory are two facts: 1) an identical pillar is symmetrically located around the corner on the other side of the mausoleum, where the other end of the entrance would have been, and 2) parts of an existing entrance farther south on Jerome Avenue look very similar to these pillars.

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