Created in 1849 in the same period as many other rural cemetery movement burial grounds were founded throughout America, Elmwood Cemetery was inspired by Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, which we looked at back in October of 2022.
It’s the oldest still existing non-denominational cemetery in Detroit, and it lies to the northeast of downtown in what was probably the country at the time, but is now deep within the city.
While Frederick Law Olmstead is famous and highly influential, he is often credited with designing places that he didn’t actually do! In this case, he really did help redesign and leave his mark on the grounds of Elmwood in 1890.
Mausolea are tucked into a sort of “valley of monuments” which create an interesting monumental vista.
In fact, and I’m not sure I photographed it, there is in fact a creek valley where a British military unit was massacred during the Pontiac Uprising.