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Chicago Architectural Foundation Tour
Graceland was created as a "cemetery park," and was intended to have only ground-level memorials so that it would serve as a park, open spaces in Chicago being rare in the nineteenth century. That was not the case indefinitely, and eventually Graceland became home to many splendid memorials and gravestones for the famous and the wealthy.
We saw memorials to the following:
Dexter Graves (early settler)
Victor Lawson (newspaper owner)
Jack Johnson (heavyweight boxing champion)
William Goodman (merchant, founder of Goodman Theater)
John Kenzie (below)
Potter Palmer (merchant)
George Pullman (railroad tycoon)
early Chicago settler and entrepreneur
John Wellborn Root (Danial Burnham's partner in planning)|
Martin Ryerson (lumber merchant)
Peter Schoenhofen (brewer)
Louis Sullivan (architect)
Seeing the above, you might well ask about the women buried here. In the tour we took (we stayed only for the first half), we didn't hear about any except women married to famous men (e.g., Potter Palmer's wife and her family, the Honorés). The Chicago Architectural Foundation has a separate tour about them. That might not be the best idea, in my view, if it mean that in an hour of visiting graves and monuments one does not hear about women of note. We did not hear about influential and wealthy women have been buried in Graceland; maybe the came up in the part that we missed.
Root was the parter of Daniel Burnham and a founder of the Chicago Style, along with
The first black heavyweight champion of the world; |
his signature is on the back of his stone, next to the grave of hiswife Etta.
Some memorials evoke other art forms and eras, such as the Pyramids, complete with sphinx, this one accompanied by an angel, and stained glass.
The pyramid is the tomb of the German brewer Peter Schoenhofen
Bas relief (bronze)
On the left, one of the most expressive memorials we saw.