I returned to Oak Grove Cemetery recently and met with the staff, learning many interesting facts about the mausoleum and grounds.
They were also kind enough to give me an original promotional brochure from shortly after the mausoleum’s opening.
Above is the upper floor of the central rotunda, and below is the lower floor of the majestic space.
I get the impression that the marketing was geared toward making the act of burial and visiting of graves a cleaner and more scientific method compared to the old, muddy graveyards of the past.
I love the stained glass window in this chapel below; it is clearly based off of the Sistine Madonna by Raphael in Dresden, Germany.
Here are some of the other chapels and hallways in the mausoleum, showing the nice white Carrara marble that adorns the walls.
I’m creeped out by mausolea; I’m used to the old fashioned cemetery burials where all of my relatives are buried. It’s interesting to see how different people react to different burial methods.
Update: The attorney general of Missouri is suing the cemetery for failure to properly maintain the mausoleum, which has continued to deteriorate as of Summer 2015.