Green-Wood Cemetery is quite an amazing place. Founded in 1838 as one of the US's first rural cemeteries and in September 2006 was designated a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior, which recognized its national significance in art, architecture, landscaping and history. When you go through the gates, you can feel it is something special.
How gorgeous is this? I loved the way it stood out against the very blue sky. The main entrance was built in 1861 of Belleville Brownstone. I could have spent an hour just staring at it. A real gem of it's own.
This is the chapel which was completed in 1911. It was designed by the architectural firm of Warren and Wetmore, who also designed Grand Central Terminal, the Commodore Hotel, the Yale Club and many other buildings. The architecture of the chapel is a reduced version of Christopher Wren's Thomas Tower at Christ Church College in Oxford. The chapel was restored in 2001.
We will have a more in-depth post of the gorgeous inside in the future.
They offer tours on these great trolley's which is a good idea since the place is 478 acres.
You see a lot of these all over the cemetery. Every one is in perfect condition.
I loved the rooftop of the building as you enter the cemetery.
The wild parrots of Green-Wood
You can see the One World Trade Center tower in the distance under the arch which is pretty cool.
Some of the famous folks buried here are:
- Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–1988), artist
- Leonard Bernstein (1918–1990), composer, conductor
- Andrew Bryson (1822-1892), United States Navy rear admiral
- Charles Ebbets (1859–1925), baseball team (Brooklyn Dodgers) owner; built Ebbets Field
- Joey Gallo (1929–1972), mobster
- Horace Greeley (1811–1872), unsuccessful U.S. presidential candidate 1872; founder of the New York Tribune
- Alice Roosevelt (1861–1884), first wife of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt
- Martha Bulloch Roosevelt (1834–1884), mother of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt
- Robert Roosevelt (1829–1906), uncle of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt
- Theodore Roosevelt, Sr. (1831–1878), father of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt
- Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933), artist
Established in 1999, The Green-Wood Historic Fund’s mission is to maintain Green-Wood Cemetery’s monuments and buildings of historical, cultural and architectural significance; advance public knowledge and appreciation of this significance; and preserve the natural habitat and parklands of one of New York City’s first green spaces. With funding from memberships and donations, The Historic Fund not only preserves the past to enrich our future, but keeps a vibrant presence in our current time by presenting open-to-the-public events which include themed walking and trolley tours, book talks and special seasonal events.
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