as it’s halloween (or #innocentsween), i thought i’d go over to the hollywood forever cemetery and take some pictures of one of my favorite mausoleums. i mean, insofar as i have a favorite mausoleum. which i do. this one.

it sits on an island in the middle of the hollywood forever cemetery, looking regal and stolid and portentous.

mausoleums are interesting from an architectural perspective, at least for me, as they have such a limited but monumental (literally) utility. they exist as windowless spaces to hold the bodies of dead people. that’s all they have to do. and normally architecture is judged by some very practical criteria, whereas mausoleums are these solemn spaces
that most people do their best to avoid (unless you’re neil gaiman), and the criteria by which their judged is pretty simple: do they look like mausoleums and do they keep out raccoons?

it’s remarkable that so much care and expense goes into creating and maintaining these bulwarks against impermanence. the most expensive building materials, the most traditional approaches to craftsmanship, all to yield spaces that don’t actually have to do very much.

i’m guessing that future generations (and/or space aliens, aka: the same thing) will be a bit baffled as to why our most well constructed buildings were built to house our dead.

in any case, happy halloween from my favorite mausoleum in the hollywood forever cemetery.

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