I like the different perspective that the winter brings to Bellefontaine Cemetery with the leaves off the trees, as the lay of the land is more obvious with its undulations and dips and bobs. The light is harsh and stark,… Continue Reading
I experimented around with different vantage points of the Busch Mausoleum, which was looking resplendent in the autumn light at Bellefontaine Cemetery.
There was a golden layer of leaves on the ground in Bellefontaine Cemetery when I visited a couple of weeks ago, and the light made everything glow.
I went back by Father Dickson Cemetery, a historic African American cemetery off of Sappington Road, which I visited back in 2015 for a story for St. Louis Magazine. It still looks great, and is a model for maintaining a… Continue Reading
The Dr. David Brock Mausoleum sits in what would have been one of the most prominent locations in Bellefontaine Cemetery when it was originally founded and the front gate was along the eponymous road and fort, now North Broadway. As… Continue Reading
The original entrance off of Bellefontaine Road, now North Broadway, is a majestic, gently sloping valley that allowed horse-drawn carriages to reach the ridge line that forms the main road of Bellefontaine Cemetery. It rises up slowly, only cutting through… Continue Reading
The Basilica of Great Saint Lawrence is one of the most important churches in the world you’ve never heard of. It sits across what is now a plaza, but was once crowded with houses, from the Colonnade of St. Lawrence.… Continue Reading
A concerned citizen reached out to me recently with new photos showing continued problems at Valhalla’s mausoleum, which I covered back in August of 2017. after another reader submitted photos of extensive water damage to me. Let’s get these problems… Continue Reading
For some reason I had never noticed the Spink Mausoleum hiding in the trees, with its massive stylized Ionic columns flanking its bronzes doors. An upside-down torch symbolizes life ended, as that is how you extinguish a torch. I have… Continue Reading
Wow, I just discovered one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the St. Louis area, and also one of the oldest: New Mount Sinai Cemetery, located just beyond the city limits out Gravois, where there are of course many other… Continue Reading